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Dickinson, Texas, schools accused of disability discrimination

It is very important here in Houston and throughout the country that disabled people are given a fair chance in the workplace. People with disabilities have the right to work in an environment free from discrimination as well as be provided with reasonable accommodations. Reasonable accommodations might include adjusted working hours, a certain type of workspace or chair, or specific break or lunch times, among other things.

Wage disputes: courts go against fluctuating workweek

If you are a part of the workforce here in Texas, chances are you are paid by one of three methods. You may receive a salary as an exempt employee, or you may be non-exempt and paid either hourly or by a weekly salary. Employees who are exempt are not paid overtime; only employees in certain industries, with specific job roles, can be legally exempt.

Texas Wendy's franchisee settles disability discrimination suit

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 bars discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, as well as in transportation, commercial facilities, state and local government, telecommunications and public accommodations. When it comes to employment, this means that it is not only illegal to discriminate against disabled employees in the workplace, but it is also illegal to practice disability discrimination in hiring. Furthermore, employers must make reasonable accommodations in order to facilitate work activities of qualified individuals.

Houston PD may fire sergeant who posted nude photos online

Texas is an at-will employment state. This means that, absent an employment contract, either the employee or the employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason--as long as the reason for termination does not violate state or federal employment statues, such as anti-discrimination laws.

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