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When treatment of others matters in employment law

Texas workers are unlikely to get direct evidence from an employer that they were discriminated against. Direct evidence includes an employer blatantly telling an employee that he or she didn't get a job because of gender, race or another protected attribute. Therefore, an employee may have to rely on other types of evidence such as how other similarly situated employees were treated by the employer.

Blacks and Latinos still face hiring discrimination

Many Texas residents believe that, as long as they work hard and continue to improve themselves, they will find success. Those who are black or Latino, however, will have to work even harder to get a fair chance to even get hired. In fact, according to a meta-study, hiring discrimination against blacks has not improved in the last two decades. While hiring discrimination against Latinos has reduced slightly, many still face discrimination.

Government agencies split over Title VII

In July 2017, the Department of Justice said that the Civil Rights Act did not protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation. When it made that statement, the department put itself at odds with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The DOJ has jurisdiction over state and local government employers throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. while the EEOC has jurisdiction over cases involving private and federal employers.

Former women employees at Google report discrimination

People in the Houston area may have heard about an engineer at Google who was fired because of a document he released arguing that women were biologically less likely to have the skills to work in technical careers. Several women who used to work at the company have alleged that sexism, racism and ageism there made them leave. Women reported not seeing a future for themselves at the company, hearing sexist and racist jokes and facing discrimination in terms of promotions and other aspects of their jobs.

Former employees take legal action against Amazon

Texas employers are charged with not allowing a hostile work environment to fester. It has bee reported that two former Amazon employees are suing the company claiming that they were harassed on the job. One of the plaintiffs in the case was a transgender woman who claims that she was called a variety of names such as he/she by managers and supervisors.The woman also claimed that those within the company would use male pronouns and make it difficult to use the women's restroom.

Court rules single incidents can create hostile conditions

Texas employers may believe that a single incident of harassment isn't enough to create a hostile working environment. However, according to a July 14 ruling from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, this is not necessarily the case. The ruling says that if an incident is extreme enough, it may constitute a hostile workplace on its own.

What to know about back pay in discrimination cases

Some Texas workers who are the victims of job discrimination end up filing a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In some cases, if they prevail they could be entitled to back pay damages to compensate for lost earnings or other benefits lost because of the discrimination. For instance, a worker who was wrongfully terminated may be entitled to wages and other benefits that were lost as a result.

Statistics to know wage inequality

Wage discrimination can impact Texas workers and their families, and it can happen to anyone regardless of age, race or gender. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, around 20 percent of claims made in the past four fiscal years were related to wage discrimination based on age. A slightly smaller percentage were based on disability. Most, however, were associated with race or gender.

Panda Express to pay fine in discrimination case

Texas fast-food employees may be interested to learn that Panda Express has agreed to settle a claim that the chain discriminated against workers who were not American citizens. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the chain required legal permanent U.S. residents to reverify their work authorization after their original documents expired, even though other workers were not required to do this. Additionally, non-citizens were required to show immigration documents a second time to show they could legally work.

Former McDonald's employee files lawsuit for discrimination

Texas workers employed at a fast-food restaurant franchise might sympathize with a former McDonald's employee who has sued the company after she claimed she faced sexual harassment and discrimination while working there. The lawsuit was filed against a franchise located in Redford, Michigan.

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