June 2017 Archives

Former McDonald's employee files lawsuit for discrimination

Texas workers employed at a fast-food restaurant franchise might sympathize with a former McDonald's employee who has sued the company after she claimed she faced sexual harassment and discrimination while working there. The lawsuit was filed against a franchise located in Redford, Michigan.

Account executives at Zenefits to get unpaid overtime

Many Texas workers understand that their job classification has an effect their eligibility for overtime pay. When companies violate wage laws, sometimes the U.S. Department of Labor takes action, as was the case with the insurance software company Zenefits. According to an agreement with regulators from the Wage and Hour Division, the company will pay more than 700 of its account executives and sales representatives in two states $3.4 million owed for unpaid overtime.

Chipotle employee files lawsuit seeking overtime pay

A lawsuit seeking class action status on behalf of employees of the fast food restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill claims that the company ignored a federal overtime rule that was to become effective on Dec. 1, 2016. A challenge in a Texas court has held up enforcement of the rule, but the lawsuit asserts that private employers were not part of the injunction.

How employers illegally discriminate against immigrant workers

As an immigrant in Texas, you are a valuable member of the state. Texas has a large immigrant population that boosts the economy and contributes to the community. However, despite your value and hard work, some people may discriminate against you. You might even encounter discrimination and hostility at your workplace.

Constructive discharge in Texas

In Texas, it is illegal to discriminate against workers on the basis of their protected statuses. When workers are wrongfully terminated because of engaging in protected activities or because of their protected statuses, they may have valid wrongful termination claims. When a worker's workplace has become so unbearable that he or she is forced to quit, the situation surrounding the resignation may equate to a constructive discharge.

Court denies sexual harassment charge because of relationship

When romantic relationships between Texas co-workers end and turn hostile, accusations of sexual harassment may not always prevail in court. A district court ruling highlighted the difficulty in proving workplace discrimination based on sex. In the case of two police officers who ended a relationship, the court ruled that the male officer's hostile behavior after the break up did not represent attacks based on the ex-girlfriend's gender.

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