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NFL team faces discrimination suit from ex-cheerleader

Some Texas football fans might be aware that in the past few years, several NFL teams have been sued by cheerleaders. In 2013, the Oakland Raiderettes sued for overtime pay and the case ended in a $1.25 million settlement. The Buffalo Bills and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also been sued for violating wage laws. A former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints has alleged in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the team discriminates against its cheerleaders by requiring them to follow rules that the players are not also required to follow.

Company reputation and discrimination lawsuits

Many Texas employees have to deal with hostile and discriminatory workplaces. In some cases, the situation may become so severe that a worker decides to file a discrimination lawsuit. As a serious legal step, filing a claim can be intimidating to many people. This is particularly true in cases where the employer is very well known and has a positive image.

Certain actions may help you avoid discrimination claims

As an employer, you come in contact with numerous individuals throughout your day. You may need to conduct interviews for new employees, interact with current employees and ensure that everyone remains on task and up to par. Of course, as an employer, you likely also have the task of handing out punishment and contending with other disciplinary actions that may prove necessary.

Court says religion does not excuse workplace discrimination

Texas readers may be interested to learn that a federal appeals court recently ruled that employers cannot use religion as an excuse to violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The decision, which was handed down by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 7, is the first of its kind.

My work day ended with a termination I don't feel was justified

It was a day like any other day. You went to work, and like you always do, you actually did your job and did it well. At the end of the day, your manager asked to speak with you. The words "terminated, effective immediately" came out of his mouth. He gave no real reason, and now you are wondering if there was justification in making this decision.

Why many harassment victims don't speak out

Sexual harassment has been covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of since 1986, and it gives important protections to employees in Texas and around the country. According to an EEOC report, roughly 90 percent of employees who have been harassed do not speak out. Common reasons for failing to do so include a fear that reports will not be believed or that those who report harassment will be retaliated against. According to a 2003 report, 75 percent of those who complained about being mistreated at work were retaliated against in some form.

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