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Participation in an investigation leads to a retaliation lawsuit

Employees are often faced with making difficult decisions that could directly impact their fellow co-workers or their companies. Sometimes Texas workers are forced to make tough decisions concerning their participation in investigations that could adversely affect their companies. If it is something that they are required to do by law, then they are legally obligated to participate. Those who participate in such activities should not expect to be the victims of retaliation, but that is not always the case.

A man who works for a Texas school district as a school business volunteer supervisor and press officer accused the school district and the school's superintendent of retaliating against him. During a meeting of the school board, the superintendent allegedly proposed eliminating three positions. One of the positions was being held by the plaintiff and the other two positions were not occupied.

Pregnancy allegedly an issue for female UPS drivers

When a woman is with child, it should be an exciting time in her life. Working should not become a matter of contention or stress for a woman when she is employed during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, many Texas women are not provided the accommodations that they need and either lose their jobs or feel that they are forced to resign.

A former UPS driver is claiming that she was forced to resign from her job because she was not given necessary accommodations while pregnant. According to her complaint, after she became pregnant, she provided a doctor's note that said that she was not able to lift objects that weighed more than 20 pounds. For her position, the company required that drivers have the ability to lift up to 70 pounds. Even though the majority of what she handled were overnight letters, she claims the company still required her to be able to fully perform her job.

Workplace discrimination suits nets $185 million for one worker

In modern society, women have the right to expect equal treatment in the workplace. They have this same right during pregnancy and after giving birth. When employers fail to treat female employees equally, they run the risk of facing a workplace discrimination suit in a Texas courtroom. 

A woman who started her career as a customer service representative with AutoZone moved her way through the ranks to be promoted to a sales manager. Her goal was to become a store manager, but she felt that no matter what she did, she was unable to get her desired promotion. She claims that she was finally able to get promoted after she had spoken to human resources. According to her complaint, high-level executives were instructed to get rid of female employees and not allow them to advance.

Child death investigation leads to a wrongful termination claim

It is not always easy to stand up for what is right and choose to speak out, especially when the situation occurs at work. Texas employees who do voice their concerns about wrongdoings should not be in fear of losing their jobs. However, some companies may be trying to hide a secret and do not always react properly in regard to whistleblowers. It is possible that a business may try to keep a secret under wraps and therefore issue a wrongful termination to ensure silence over the matter.

A man who worked for the state and investigated child deaths that occurred under the care of Texas Child Protective Services is accusing the Health and Human Services Commission of firing him for being a whistleblower. The plaintiff alleges that he was recognized for all of his hard work and was moved through the company ranks quickly. His position ultimately led him to being put onto a special task unit that would take a closer look at the death of 160 children who had been under CPS' care.

Applicants win workplace discrimination settlement of $780,000

After being under a high level of scrutiny, the Austin Fire Department can continue with its hiring process for cadets. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a test that was administered as a condition for employment with the Texas city were discriminatory. The test was considered a form of workplace discrimination because it could allegedly rule out black and Latino applicants.

Although the process was changed in 2013 to avoid these types of practices, the Justice Department contended that it still was discriminatory. The hiring process was halted until a ruling was made about the test. The city did not believe that it was in violation of the law and the Austin Firefighters Association agreed.

A class action sexual harassment lawsuit is brought against Ford

Every person in the workplace should be mindful of his or her behavior. Certain actions are offensive and can be considered to be sexual harassment. Texas employees who speak out about such behavior expect it to cease, but some companies choose not to handle these situations properly and may inadvertently allow the harassment to continue.

A group of women who worked at Ford's South Side factory are claiming that they consistently found themselves in a hostile work environment. The class action lawsuit, representing more than 20 women, is accusing the company of allowing them to be subject to various types of sexual harassment. Among other complaints, the plaintiffs state that they were touched inappropriately and without their consent, and were subjected to lewd language.

Teoman files workplace discrimination suit for disability and race

If an employee is still able to perform the essential functions of his or her job, age should not be a factor in job retention. A Texas woman who worked for Bank of America is claiming that her termination was the result of workplace discrimination due to her age and disability. The 60-year-old woman began working for the company in 2010 as an assistant vice president.

The woman claims that her supervisor was making negative remarks toward her regarding her age. On several occasions, her boss allegedly made comments that inferred that she could not do her job as effectively as her younger peers. She asserts that she was given more audits to do than her younger co-workers and then was disciplined for not completing everything assigned to her. In addition, according to her claims, the younger workers were not reprimanded for not finishing all of their audits.

Woman gets EEOC approval for her sexual harassment claim

While at work, employees should feel that they are safe and can work in a conducive environment. Unfortunately, however, that is not always the case. Knowingly or unknowingly, some Texas employees do not know the boundaries between making a funny joke to relate to their co-workers and sexual harassment that makes them feel uncomfortable.

A former employee for the acclaimed Sweetie Pie's restaurant is alleging that she was victim of sexual harassment. She claims that her harassment started on her first day of work. The woman claims that she told her fellow co-worker that she was married, but that did not stop him from inappropriately touching her.

Woman claims wrongful termination because of her spouse's race

When most people are subjected to illegal, unfair treatment in the workplace, it is usually due to their own protected status characteristics. According to a former employee for Fast Eddie's pool hall and sports bar in Texas, her wrongful termination didn't have anything to do with her. She claims that she was discriminated against because of the color of her husband's skin.

The white woman worked at the hall and was bestowed an award for having the most sales in the company. For her efforts, she won a vacation and would be going with the company's owners and management. For more enjoyment on the vacation, the woman brought her black husband with her. While on the trip, she claims that one of the owners gave her spouse an award of his own for having the best suntan.

Black Hershey sales rep claims race discrimination after firing

Even the sweetest place on earth can have difficulties in the workplace. A former employee who was a sales representative for Hershey believes that she was the victim of race discrimination. The black Texas rep worked for the company for over eight years until she allegedly lost her job to a white female employee.

She claims that her boss told her the reason for her termination was because she had entered false information regarding how long she was spending on building displays and stocking in stores. According to her lawsuit, her superior -- who is also black -- told the other black employees -- in particular -- how to enter time incorrectly into the system. She asserts that he also said that black employees were going to be targeted to be fired because of their race.

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