All employees are entitled to a work environment that is free from hostility and mistreatment. Texas employees who feel that they have received dissimilar treatment may be entitled to file a discrimination claim. A woman working for a hotel in Longview alleges that she was victim of discrimination based on her protected status characteristics.
The plaintiff, a 40-year-old Hispanic woman, worked for the company for over 15 years. The woman claims that she felt harassed because she, and other Hispanic employees were forced to only speak English when they were attending pre-shift meetings. She also alleges that when she worked over 40 hours in a week, she was not paid overtime.
She further alleges that she was treated differently due to her age. The plaintiff claims that she was told by her superior that she was too old to perform the functions of her job. A white employee who was under 40 and did not have any previous experience allegedly was hired to take over her job duties. Under the pressure, the plaintiff felt the need to resign.
The Texas woman has accused the company of discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Civil Rights Act. Workers cannot be treated differently in the workplace due to a status that is protected by law. Employers who deny these rights to workers may be in violation of state and federal laws. Anyone who feels that they have received unfair treatment on the job can consider pursuing options to file discrimination claims against their employer.
Source: setexasrecord.com, "Housekeeping employee alleges race, age discrimination", Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, Aug. 6, 2015