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January 2019 Archives

The law doesn't guarantee you a severance package

If your position requires an employment contract, you may want to consider including a severance package in it. Most employment contracts include a termination date or circumstances under which the contract terminates. If your employer decides not to renew the contract or exercises an option to terminate it during its effective period, you don't want to find yourself empty handed.

Searching for a job with a noncompete agreement

Texas executives may be concerned about the potential effect a noncompete provision may have on their professional future. This is often a part of an employment agreement, and it typically includes language that prevents the executive from taking work with competitors or launching an independent business for a certain period of time after leaving the firm. While employers tend to favor these agreements in order to protect trade secrets, intellectual property and other insider knowledge, they can pose a significant barrier for employees who want to move on.

Former employees sue for age discrimination

Former agents of a large insurance company that provides coverage in Texas and around the country are suing their former employer for age discrimination. The lawsuit claims that the insurance company fired the workers due to their age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. It also claims that the workers were wrongly classified as independent contractors because the insurance agency controlled nearly all of their job duties directly.

Former Blizzard employee describes race discrimination

Texas residents who are fans of gaming might be interested in learning that an ex-employee of Blizzard posted a description of ongoing racial discrimination that he encountered while working for the company. He did so following the reveal of the sexual orientation of Soldier 76 in "Overwatch".

How do you file a complaint if you aren't being paid fairly?

There are state and federal laws in place designed to protect your interests as an hourly employee. These regulations keep employers from paying workers too little or treating them unfairly by withholding breaks. Wage and hour laws cover many issues, yet violations still happen. When workers believe their Texas employer is not following the law, they have the right to file a complaint.

Retaliation common in sexual harassment cases

Some may wonder why some Texas women who have been victims of sexual harassment at work choose not to report the perpetrators or take action to put a stop to the behavior. Unfortunately, statistics gathered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Employment Equity make clear why workers in a bad situation often feel forced to make difficult choices. Most employees who complain about harassment on the job face some kind of retaliation at work, according to the researchers.

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