Women in Texas workplaces often have different views of sexual harassment than their male colleagues. While this may seem to be common sense to many people, it is also backed up by the results of a nationwide survey of male and female workers. The questions about sexual harassment were included in the American Family Survey, a poll with questions about marriage, children and public policy. Questioners asked respondents about various types of behavior, asking whether each action was a form of harassment.
Texas workers may have had their own experiences with racism or discrimination in the workplace. According to the New York Times, Tesla has had several complaints from black workers about how they were treated while at the company. Among the complaints includes racial slurs being used, offensive drawings on bales of cardboard and not being given opportunities to advance within the company. While the company denies the allegations, a lawsuit was filed in 2017 by three former Tesla employees.
Employees in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. who feel that they have faced workplace discrimination may be interested in the development of a recent lawsuit against L'Oreal. The plaintiff, a former vice president of digital marketing for the beauty supply company, is suing for racial discrimination that concluded with her being fired.
Some people in Texas may have read an investigative report published a few months earlier by Kotaku that said the company Riot Games had a culture of harassment and discrimination. Riot Games is facing a lawsuit from a former and a current employee alleging a sexually hostile workplace, violation of the California Fair Pay Act and gender-based discrimination.
Sexual harassment has affected the lives of many workers in Texas. It has been the subject of nationwide controversy during the last several months. One year after the New York Times released its first investigation on Harvey Weinstein, the EEOC reports that sexual harassment complaints have increased by 12 percent.
Roughly 35 percent of workers throughout Texas and the rest of the U.S. say they have experienced harassment on the job. This is according to the 2018 Hiscox Workplace Harassment Study that included 500 full-time workers. Of those who said they experienced harassment, half said that it was based on their gender or sex. Companies that fail to recognize and work to put an end to harassment could face negative consequences.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled an employment case with the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain for $12 million. The restaurant will also be required to make changes to its recruitment and hiring practices with regard to older applicants. The EEOC has been newly aggressive in asserting claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
Women workers at some of the most high-profile companies in Texas and across the country may face the same problems with gender discrimination as those in warehouses, on factory floors or in small business offices. One lawsuit filed by women who formerly worked at Nike draws attention to the issue of workplace discrimination at a company that is famed for its image of supporting strong women athletes. The complaint, filed in August in federal court, charges the athletic gear manufacturer with creating a hostile environment for women on the job.
As a general rule, Texas employers aren't allowed to make hiring decisions about a potential employee based primarily on his or her age. However, it is unclear if advertising that only targets certain demographics is illegal. It is also uncertain whether recruiting only at colleges or selecting candidates based on their years of experience is illegal. According to a representative from Facebook, targeting certain demographics through a specific channel is not a violation of the law.
The rise of the #MeToo movement has highlighted the ongoing issues that women face on the job in Texas and across the country. Despite the successes women have achieved in many high-profile industries, they continue to face sexual harassment, pay discrimination and other types of mistreatment in the workplace. Employers also have a responsibility to prevent discrimination on the job, even when it is carried out by an employee rather than by policy, so it can be important for managers and human resources departments to keep a clear eye toward eliminating gender-based biases.