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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.

Jealous wife causes case about sex discrimination at work

Many workers in Texas encounter workplace discrimination in many ways, but a case before a federal court will be addressing a relatively unusual type of situation. The matter regards the complaint of a former employee of a forklift company who lost her job because the company president's wife did not want him interacting with any female employees.

DOJ takes position that Title VII does not protect gay workers

Employers in Texas and around the country are prohibited from discriminating based on race, religion, color, race or national origin by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but a contentious legal debate has raged in recent years over whether or not these protections should be expanded to cover gay workers. While President Obama made clear during his two terms in office that he believed that gay workers should be protected by the landmark law, Congress and the federal courts have generally been reluctant to act on the issue.

Workplace discrimination and similarly situated employees

Texas workers who are currently embroiled in an employment discrimination case or who are considering filing a discrimination complaint against an employer should know that a factor that is likely to be considered in their case is the employer's treatment of other similarly situated employees. They should also be aware that the definition of a similarly situated employee will vary depending on the type of legal claim made and the federal court in the case is filed.

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