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Report puts employers on notice regarding trans discrimination

Unfortunately, harassment and discrimination in the workplace are nothing new in Texas and across the nation. However, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wants employers to take a more active role in policing harassment and discrimination, especially when aimed at transgendered individuals. The Commission issued a report on workplace discrimination claiming that 90 percent of all transgendered employees in the United States have faced some form of workplace harassment or discrimination due to their status.

Workplace discrimination is common among Native Americans

Native Americans in Texas will likely find the recent complaints of one Pawnee Nation member familiar. In an interview, the man described the overt discrimination he experienced on the job as a bartender. For starters, his manager disliked his Mohawk haircut, a traditional style for his people. Instead of arguing, the man chose to cut his hair.

Native Americans and workplace discrimination

A recent poll shows that nearly one-third of Native Americans have experienced harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Texas is an at-will employment state, which means that without an employment contract, Houston employers can fire employees for any reason, absent discrimination or other unlawful reason for termination.

Tesla once again the subject of a lawsuit

Texas residents may be aware of recent lawsuits filed against Uber and other companies on the grounds of gender discrimination and harassment. A recent lawsuit filed against Tesla in Alameda County Superior Court claims that racist behavior was common at its factory in Fremont. The class-action lawsuit represents all black employees that worked there. The employee that filed the suit says that racial slurs were used against him by colleagues and managers.

Class seeks certification in Walmart discrimination suit

Workers in Texas are protected under federal law from gender discrimination at their jobs. Despite these protections, some companies still treat people differently on the basis of their sex. One company that has faced repeated allegations of gender discrimination is Walmart. In early November, a new group of women filed a lawsuit against the company for gender discrimination.

Tesla the subject of several employee lawsuits

Texas workers may not be surprised to hear about discrimination against employees taking place at large companies. Workers at a Tesla auto manufacturing plant have spoken out about alleged abuses that they have faced. Black employees have claimed that they feel like they are working in the Jim Crow era. Another worker on the assembly line at the California facility said that he was mocked with a derogatory sexual slur about his clothing.

Age discrimination and tech careers

People living in Houston understand the importance of making good career decisions. Workers who are seeking a new job or hoping to advance within their current company usually expect that they will be considered for the position based on their skills, qualifications and past job performance. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

When treatment of others matters in employment law

Texas workers are unlikely to get direct evidence from an employer that they were discriminated against. Direct evidence includes an employer blatantly telling an employee that he or she didn't get a job because of gender, race or another protected attribute. Therefore, an employee may have to rely on other types of evidence such as how other similarly situated employees were treated by the employer.

Blacks and Latinos still face hiring discrimination

Many Texas residents believe that, as long as they work hard and continue to improve themselves, they will find success. Those who are black or Latino, however, will have to work even harder to get a fair chance to even get hired. In fact, according to a meta-study, hiring discrimination against blacks has not improved in the last two decades. While hiring discrimination against Latinos has reduced slightly, many still face discrimination.

Government agencies split over Title VII

In July 2017, the Department of Justice said that the Civil Rights Act did not protect workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation. When it made that statement, the department put itself at odds with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The DOJ has jurisdiction over state and local government employers throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. while the EEOC has jurisdiction over cases involving private and federal employers.

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