April 2015 Archives

Rise in Overtime Lawsuits Expected

With the decline in oil prices and the resulting layoffs in the energy sector, wage and hour attorneys anticipate a dramatic increase in overtime lawsuits. When the oil industry was booming, companies focused their efforts on recruiting to keep up with the heavy demand for workers. Although the compensation practices wer e often noncompliant with wage and hour law, employees were earning good wages and did not complain. Now, these illegal pay schemes are coming under scrutiny as more and more laid off workers consult with attorneys. 

5 women claim gender discrimination after they were denied jobs

Most people may believe that the days of women not being able to hold the same positions as men is long in the past. Sadly, more than 50 years after the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, discrimination against women because of gender still occurs in Texas and across the United States. Those qualified women who are turned down due to gender can turn to the justice system for help against this long-standing problem.

Former firefighter finds justice for her sexual harassment claim

All employees are expected to conduct themselves in professional manners, but that is not always the case. Texas workers deserve to work in comfortable environments without worrying about inappropriate or lewd comments. Many fear reporting this type of sexual harassment behavior for fear of losing their jobs or other forms of retaliation, and they try to deal with the situations as best they can. Others refuse to tolerate a hostile workplace and choose to take a stand.

Transgender man wins a settlement for his discrimination lawsuit

The first test case of a non-discrimination ordinance apparently failed when it was put to the test by a transgender man. The ordinance was put into effect in San Antonio, Texas. The plaintiff was a former worker for AT&T who alleges that the ordinance did not help prevent the discrimination he endured due to being transgender.

Worker claims his alleged wrongful discharge was based on his age

In this day and age, long term-employees are becoming increasingly rare. Those who do stay with a company for the long haul should be respected for their commitment. Some workers are not rewarded for their tenure and are instead thought to be too old to do their jobs as compared to their younger co-workers. When older Texas workers are mysteriously dismissed and then replaced with younger counterparts, they may believe they are the victims of a wrongful discharge.

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