With growing threats of deportation, many undocumented workers are scared. If you are an undocumented worker in Texas then you might fear being discriminated against at work or even losing your job. You are likely working hard to support your family and worry about how things will change once President-elect Trump takes office. It is important for you to know that both federal and Texas laws protect your rights as a worker, now and in the future.
All Texas employees should be equally afforded the opportunity to succeed and be successful in their positions, but that is not always how the situations are handled. A writer/producer for CNN claims that he was not given the chance to learn new skills on the job and faced workplace discrimination. He believes that the color of his skin was the reason why he was passed over on positions for which he was qualified.
The Family and Medical leave act is in place to help Texas workers retain their jobs if they face an emergency and need time away from work. This federal law includes up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which can be used for several reasons, one of which being if an employee needs surgery. It is illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee for taking advantage of an approved leave under this law. An employee who suffers a wrongful discharge or otherwise faces retaliation may choose to file a claim against his or her employer for FMLA violations.
A long-term employee of an international airport outside of Texas claims that he was denied a position for which he was qualified due to his race. The plaintiff -- who happens to be black -- was a prominent member of the airport staff and was often seen as the public face for events and conferences. He served in many positions during his 19 years with the company and is currently the assistant aviation director. His racial discrimination case against the city was recently filed in a federal court.
Texas workers often sign employment contracts that are complex and difficult to understand. Employment disputes sometimes arise when a worker believes that he or she has suffered from a hostile work environment or has faced some other legal issue that has impeded his or her ability to be productive in the workplace. Some situations necessitate legal intervention.
Many Texas employees have been victimized by the unscrupulous behaviors of their employers. Discrimination comes in various forms and is sometimes so subtle that one does not, at first, recognize it. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace, it is good to know that there is legal help available should you choose to pursue a legal action in court.
A leading manufacturer of industrial adhesives in Texas was named in a lawsuit filed by the Dallas branch of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The suit claims workplace discrimination against a former employee who had prostate cancer surgery. It is alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
The personal lives of Texas employees should not affect their professional lives. A former long-time employee of AT&T claims that her superiors had problems with her interracial relationship and took it out on her at work. She is suing the company for workplace discrimination in an attempt to seek justice.