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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.

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.

Helping employers to prevent hostile work environments

Knowing how to use information is a key to survival in any Texas business. Staying in tune with market trends and keeping ahead of the curves can mean the difference in success or failure in any type of enterprise. Self-scouting is also important for prosperity. Recognizing the potential for dysfunction in an employment setting and eliminating problems before they fester is important in human resources. In the current social environment, employers need to know if they are at risk for a sexual harassment claim that could divide team members and destroy productivity.

TBS facing racial discrimination lawsuit

Texas viewers of the cable channel TBS may be interested to learn that an African-American woman who worked there for 13 years has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company. The former employee, who was a quality assurance manager, said that a white man with fewer qualifications and skills was promoted ahead of her.

Sexual orientation discrimination an open federal issue

The issue of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is a growing concern for businesses in Texas and across the United States. In December 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by a court of appeals decision in a case on the issue. This leaves intact a current split across circuit courts on whether federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment and hiring.

Racial discrimination in the workplace is often subtle -- but still illegal

Some people -- perhaps young adults in particular -- find it surprising that racial discrimination still happens in the workplace, but race-based discrimination is unfortunately still a reality.

Most women feel discriminated against

While much has made recently about sexual harassment women experience, it may not be the only type of discrimination that they have to deal with. In fact, Texas residents and others tend to feel like they are discriminated against in general just because they are female. A poll was conducted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that tried to get a sense of how large the issue of harassment was.

Understanding gray areas in Title VII

Texas employers likely know that sex discrimination is banned under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, there is still a gray area surrounding termination for issues that may only impact one sex. One woman sued her employer claiming that she was fired after health issues related to the onset of menopause. These health issues allegedly caused her to stain an office chair, which was one of the reasons why she was terminated.

Standing up to sexual orientation discrimination in Texas workplaces

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a reality in many workplaces in Texas. This type of discrimination can occur at any point during employment, including the hiring process.

Hostile work environments

Federal law protects Texas workers from having to endure a hostile work environment. Antidiscrimination laws make it clear that taunts, insults and name-calling based on things like sex, race, religion and national origin can make it difficult for employees to function in the workplace. As a result, a worker can take action against an employer for encouraging or even just permitting these conditions.

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