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Cheerleader claims discrimination by former employer

Employers in Texas and throughout the nation must generally refrain from treating workers differently based on their religion, gender or other protected attributes. A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader claims that the team did treat her differently based on her religious beliefs. She also alleged that the cheerleaders were treated differently than the players in a variety of ways. The woman was a member of the team's cheerleading squad for three years ending in 2017.

Strategies that could close the wage gap

Female workers in Texas and throughout the nation make approximately 80.5 cents for every dollar that a man makes according to the Institute of Women's Policy Research. The disparity is even larger for black women as they make only 63 cents for each dollar a man makes. Latinas only make 54 cents on average for every dollar a male earns. The gap exists in almost every sector of the economy from retail to legal services.

IBM accused of discriminating against older workers

Texas residents seeking employment in the tech industry may be interested to learn that a report has stated that IBM was pushing out and terminating employees who were over the age of 40. While IBM has refuted the allegations, ProPublica estimated that the company cut more than 20,000 employees in that demographic, which accounted for about 60 percent of the job cuts the company made in the last five years.

The reality of suing an employer for discrimination

Employers in Texas and throughout the country are not allowed to terminate employers based on their race, gender or skin color. Furthermore, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act also prevents employers from terminating workers based on their sexual orientation or gender. However, this doesn't mean that employees have an easy time proving discrimination when it happens. In some cases, workers are forced to sign away their right to take legal action as a condition of receiving a severance package.

Female firefighters want equal treatment

Nearly a decade ago, a sexual harassment claim was filed against the Houston Fire Department. Women who worked there said that colleagues would call them names, urinate on their beds and make a mess out of their bathrooms. However, despite raising complaints, nothing was done to remedy the situation. Those who objected to the behavior were called troublemakers. The resulting lawsuit contained hundreds of pages of evidence that was collected by the victims of such activity.

Religion can't justify workplace discrimination

On March 7, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found that there was no religious exemption to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ruling means that Texas employers and others cannot use their religious beliefs to justify discrimination against a worker. The court ruled on a case involving a transgender worker who was terminated after informing the funeral home where she worked that she was beginning her transition.

Google faces new lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices

Some employers in Texas value a diverse workplace, but a new lawsuit filed against Google, Inc. highlights the challenges a company might face when considering race and gender during the hiring process. According to court papers filed on behalf of a former employee at YouTube, the tech giant created a clear policy against the hiring of white or Asian males.

Federal court rules sexual orientation discrimination prohibited

Many LGBT workers in Houston and across the country may be concerned about the threat of discrimination on the job. In February 2018, however, these workers received additional legal support as a federal appeals court ruled that existing federal anti-discrimination laws prevent companies from firing workers because of their sexual orientation. The ruling came in the case filed by a skydiving instructor who lost his job reportedly after telling one of his clients that he is gay.

Poll finds women may be treated differently at work

Women who work in STEM jobs are more likely to experience inequality in their workplaces in Texas and around the country. This was one of the key findings from a Pew Research poll conducted in 2017. According to the poll, 50 percent of women respondents who worked in STEM jobs said that they experienced discrimination. Discrimination was defined as actions such as being paid less for similar work or being passed over for important jobs.

Targeted ads may be age discrimination

Texas residents seeking work through social media channels may have noticed companies advertising job openings on Facebook. However, these ads may have targeted Facebook users based on their age group. That may be a violation of employment laws designed to prevent age discrimination in the workplace. Companies such as Verizon and Target have used such ads to find workers, according to an investigation done by the New York Times and ProPublica.

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