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Hiring represents first element of workplace discrimination

Some people in Texas take the view that hard work will bring job opportunities and career growth to people regardless of their race. Although success in the workplace requires dedication and skill development, data strongly indicates that blacks and Latinos face discrimination as soon as they even apply for jobs. Applicants from these groups receive fewer chances to interview, which translates into fewer job offers and reduced career potential.

Are you experiencing workplace retaliation?

Working in a hostile work environment can make it difficult to do your job and have peace of mind while you are trying to earn a living. There are many different types of behaviors and issues that can lead to a discriminatory or hostile work environment, and one of these issues is retaliation. 

City workers sue for overtime pay

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees in Texas and around the country must be compensated for all overtime hours worked. This may include time spent sending emails, replying to text messages or taking calls on a cell phone. Furthermore, this may be the case even if the employer has a policy that forbids an employee from working overtime by using email or a cell phone to complete an assignment.

Age discrimination alleged at Google, other tech companies

Workers in Texas technology companies who are older may be more likely to face age discrimination on the job than workers in other industries. Google is facing an age discrimination lawsuit that has been joined by 269 people, and it is not the first time the company has been sued for this. In 2004, it settled a case out of court. The company claims that it has policies in place to protect against age discrimination, but a judge said that this was not enough to protect it from a lawuit.

Disrespectful workplaces can foster harassment

Workplace harassment has a specific legal definition and guidelines. However, disrespect and insensitivity in a Texas workplace can easily bleed over into even more damaging and troubling behaviors. Many human resources professionals emphasize the importance of building a positive culture of kindness and support in the workplace, not only to avoid harassment but also for the benefits it provides to the entire office.

Constructive discharge and workplace discrimination

Some Texas employees may face so much discrimination or harassment at work that they have little choice but to resign. It may then be possible for these employees to take their employers to court on what is known as a "constructive discharge" " claim. However, it might be difficult to prove, and it requires a higher level of harassment or discrimination than what is required to establish a hostile work environment.

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