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January 2013 Archives

Texas trucker files racial discrimination lawsuit

Last week we discussed the case of a man in Texas who claimed his employer cost him a job because he complained about being discriminated against. This week, we have learned of another case in which a worker allegedly lost his job for complaining about discrimination. These cases are unfortunate reminders of the fact that although employment discrimination is very clearly illegal under federal law and under Texas law, it still happens in many workplaces.

Supreme Court will review Texas retaliation, discrimination case

Here in Texas, a central rule of employment law is that employment is at-will. This means that either the employer or the employee can terminate employment at any time for any reason, with exceptions. The exceptions other than contractual agreements are things that run contrary to federal and state employment statutes such as discrimination and retaliation. When a worker is fired for complaining about being discriminated against, for example, he or she can choose to sue the employer for retaliation and wrongful termination.

Do pregnancy discrimination protections go far enough?

Pregnant women in Texas are protected from being discriminated against at work under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. This law made it illegal for employers to treat women poorly on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. This means that women cannot be fired, or refused promotions or jobs because they are pregnant.