July 2012 Archives

Texas workers shortchanged? Overtime violations at all-time high

When Houston area employees are shortchanged on overtime pay, or even on regular pay, they often benefit from the advice of an employment law attorney. Overtime and wage-hour claims are quite complex, and when someone is being underpaid for his or her work, there really is no room for error.

Now hiring in Houston: blond haired, blue eyed retail workers

Although federal and state statutes outlaw discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, religion, nationality, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy and gender, some employees and job applicants are still subject to unfair discriminatory treatment here in Texas. Most often, discrimination cases stem from employers looking the other way while supervisors or co-workers bring their personal biases into the workplace.

New ERISA laws lead to 401(k) disclosures in Houston

Many workers here in the Houston area have never heard of the group of U.S. Labor Department rules known as ERISA, or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. These laws protect workers' rights when it comes to pension plans, medical benefits, disability claims and other elements of an employee benefits package.

Texas women among those receiving BP settlement for gender bias

Workplace discrimination is illegal under both federal and Texas state laws. Under federal laws, workers cannot be treated unfairly in the workplace on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, national origin, disability or genetic information. Additionally, it is illegal for employers to give any weight to these classifications when it comes to promotions or firing and hiring decisions.

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