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August 2017 Archives

Inflexible leave policies and the ADA

Houston employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This means that companies must make job adjustments that will allow individuals with a disability to perform necessary work functions. However, some employers violate the ADA by having an inflexible leave policy.

How to know if you are entitled to overtime pay

To protect workers' rights, there are state and federal laws concerning overtime pay. In the state of Texas, employers have to pay overtime if employees work more than 40 hours a week. That means if an employee workers 12 hours one day, 10 hours the next, 12 hours the following day and nothing else for the rest of the week, then he could not receive overtime. Some states work on a daily basis. 

Former women employees at Google report discrimination

People in the Houston area may have heard about an engineer at Google who was fired because of a document he released arguing that women were biologically less likely to have the skills to work in technical careers. Several women who used to work at the company have alleged that sexism, racism and ageism there made them leave. Women reported not seeing a future for themselves at the company, hearing sexist and racist jokes and facing discrimination in terms of promotions and other aspects of their jobs.

Former employees take legal action against Amazon

Texas employers are charged with not allowing a hostile work environment to fester. It has bee reported that two former Amazon employees are suing the company claiming that they were harassed on the job. One of the plaintiffs in the case was a transgender woman who claims that she was called a variety of names such as he/she by managers and supervisors.The woman also claimed that those within the company would use male pronouns and make it difficult to use the women's restroom.

DOL backs employee seeking retirement benefits

Texas auto workers may be interested to learn that, on July 28, the Department of Labor filed an amicus brief that supported a Chrysler Group LLC retiree who was seeking to recover enhanced early retirement benefits. According to the court documents, the retiree was seeking the right to pursue equitable claims against his plan after being denied benefits due to undisclosed plan terms.

Can I pump milk at work?

If you are a mother in Texas who is breastfeeding, you may wonder what your rights are in this area. For example, can you take breaks to express milk? Where can you do so?

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