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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.

Constructive discharge in Texas

In Texas, it is illegal to discriminate against workers on the basis of their protected statuses. When workers are wrongfully terminated because of engaging in protected activities or because of their protected statuses, they may have valid wrongful termination claims. When a worker's workplace has become so unbearable that he or she is forced to quit, the situation surrounding the resignation may equate to a constructive discharge.

Court denies sexual harassment charge because of relationship

When romantic relationships between Texas co-workers end and turn hostile, accusations of sexual harassment may not always prevail in court. A district court ruling highlighted the difficulty in proving workplace discrimination based on sex. In the case of two police officers who ended a relationship, the court ruled that the male officer's hostile behavior after the break up did not represent attacks based on the ex-girlfriend's gender.

Most physicians who are mothers report work discrimination

Houston-area doctors who are also mothers may have experienced discrimination in the workplace according to a report in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The survey asked members of a group called the Physicians Moms Group, which has nearly 70,000 members, about their work experiences. Just under 6,000 women participated, and almost 80 percent said they had experienced some type of discrimination at work.

Companies dig up dirt to fight discrimination claims

Texas employers confronted by claims of workplace discrimination or wrongful termination sometimes look for evidence of an employee's misconduct on the job to fight the allegations. This defense applies what is called after-acquired evidence. A company fighting a lawsuit could look for this type of evidence to justify the firing of an individual regardless of whether the plaintiff proves discrimination. Examples of misconduct could be fraud or poor job performance.

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