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Hostility in work environment still a concern for some female engineers

Working in a hostile work environment can mean many different things. In some cases, a worker may feel that a work environment is hostile because of uncomfortable conversations or comments. However, a work environment can also be hostile if employees feel like they are being harassed. There can be grey area when it comes to assessing workplace hostility, since different employees of different genders may perceive actions or words differently.

Some states ban criminal history discrimination in employment

Those in the San Antonio area who have any type of criminal history likely know how difficult it can be to obtain employment. Many employers in Texas have checkboxes on their job applications that ask applicants to declare whether or not they have ever been convicted of a crime. Unfortunately, once this box is checked, many employers are going to throw the application in the garbage immediately.

Former banking executive files contract dispute lawsuit

Many people here in San Antonio have an employment contract. This is because Texas is an at-will employment state, meaning that employees can generally quit or be fired for any reason as long as it does not violate a law. Because at-will employment is so broad, many employers choose to write an employment contract to specify the terms of the employment relationship.

EEOC continues receiving high amount of discrimination complaints

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced this week that it received 99,412 employment discrimination complaints in 2012. While this number sounds very large, it is actually a slight decrease from the number of complaints fielded in 2011. However, the EEOC is still receiving historically high amounts of complaints. For example, the current number of discrimination charges is 32 percent higher than the number that came in back in 2005.