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March 2017 Archives

Age discrimination may be an issue

Although the Age Discrimination in Employment Act has been around for about five decades, employers in Texas and around the country still appear to be discriminating against older potential employees. The act makes it illegal for organizations to not hire someone who is 40 years or older on the basis of their age. However, some economists found that many employers may be screening applicants on the basis of age.

Religious rights at work

In Texas and elsewhere around the country, the freedom to practice one's religion is a core tenet of both the law and culture. There are situations, however, when religious beliefs and practices may conflict with the rules and schedules established by individual employers. In such cases, both employees and human resources departments need to carefully navigate the laws that protect religious expression.

Dreadlocks are a legal basis to deny employment

Job seekers in Texas should be aware of a court ruling regarding a dreadlock ban during the hiring process. According to a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which ruled against the lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an employer, the refusal to hire an individual because he or she wears dreadlocks is legal.

Houston case provides example of wage-and-hour violations

There are a number of regulations in place that are designed to protect workers in the United States. Some of these regulations were put forward with the intent of keeping the workplace safe; others with ensuring workers are fairly compensated.

Overtime pay exemptions in Houston

A group of service adviser employees at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in California sued their employer in 2012 for missing overtime pay. The group stated that they were not exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act in the way that mechanics and salespeople are. In 2013, a district court ruled in favor of the dealership, and the employees appealed the decision.

ADA claims may be filed posthumously

For many families, the loss of a close relative also means the loss of livelihood. As such, Texas families may want to educate themselves about the protections they are entitled to in the event of a loved one's death. Furthermore, employers should be cautious about behavior that could provoke legal action from the estate of a deceased employee.

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