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Verizon retirees file lawsuit after company tries to sell pension

Residents in San Antonio, who hold pensions with their employer, or retirees with their former employer, may or may not know that these accounts are governed by the Employee Retirement Security Act. The federal law mandates that employers must act within employees' best interests in regard to retirement plans. It is important that such a law protects these retirement accounts, because many people here in Texas worked very hard and loyally in order to earn their pensions.

Texas Department of Rural Affairs settles wage discrimination case

Despite the fact that the Equal Pay Act was enacted almost 50 years ago, this country still has a ways to go when it comes to ensuring equal pay for equal work. This is made obvious by the fact that Texas state agencies settled a federal wage discrimination lawsuit this week.

Texas lawsuit alleges sexual harassment, wrongful termination

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging that she was retaliated against and ultimately fired for filing sexual harassment complaints about a fellow employee. In her employment records, the woman's former employer claims that she refused to perform her assigned work. However, the woman claims that she was merely complying with the terms of the government contract under which she was employed.

Texas business owner stole from employee benefit fund

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act was enacted in 1974 so that employees in Bexar County and throughout the country would have access to their pension and other benefits promised by their employers. ERISA generally covers employer-provided life insurance, accidental death insurance, disability insurance, health insurance and retirement plans among other benefits.