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Woman accusing company of firing her after applying for FMLA

Many workers are blessed to be healthy and have healthy families, but others are not quite as lucky. The law provides leave for those difficult circumstances that are covered under the FMLA. Texas employers should alert their workers to their benefits under this leave and not retaliate against them for taking advantage of the benefits. A registered nurse claims she was not informed of her rights and has taken her case to court.

The plaintiff claims she worked for a nursing and rehabilitation facility in another state for almost five years. She alleges her daughter suffers from a major health issue, and the plaintiff had asked for time away from work to care for her. Each time she needed to take time off, she would alert management to her situation. She maintains that she was never told about her rights to time off under the FMLA until a nursing director finally told her.

7 workers claim age discrimination at McDonald's

A person's age may easily make him or her a target in Texas when it comes to an employer's decision to terminate employees, even though this is illegal. Unfortunately, several people in a recent out-of-state case said they were victims of age discrimination simply because they were over the age of 40. The situation involved McDonald's Restaurants, which has been sued in light of the alleged discrimination.

One man and six women decided to sue McDonald's, claiming that the restaurant at which they worked had come up with a plan to get rid of older employees. The establishment reportedly hired a new manager, who cut older workers' hours and did not give them the opportunity to take their normal rest breaks in a timely manner. Then, the manager allegedly chose to transfer younger workers to other restaurants during a remodeling of their own establishment and said that the workers who were not chosen for the transfers, namely the older workers, could apply again to work at the remodeled restaurant later.

Al Jazeera America faces a second workplace discrimination claim

People across the United States tune into Al Jazeera America to get -- what they believe to be --unbiased news. Viewers in Texas and across the country may be disturbed by some of the comments that are allegedly being made by the network's CEO. This most recent workplace discrimination claim against the news station will now be the second claim in the last six weeks.

The former senior vice president of Al Jazeera alleges that the company did not hold true to its unbiased stance when it came to the news and how it treated its employees. According to her complaint, the company showed disparate treatment to any workers who were not Arabic men. The plaintiff claims that women were not part of company meetings, and men were sent in their places. She further alleges that there were occasions on which she was given assignments that were then taken from her and reassigned to male co-workers.

Woman awarded close to $140K for her sexual harassment claim

Every day, too many employees head to work with pits in their stomachs, worrying about what they will be forced to endure in the workplace. Workers in Texas and elsewhere should never be forced to feel uncomfortable or tolerate sexual harassment. It can take a lot of courage for someone to stand up against the treatment, but doing so can help to bring the offending parties to justice.

A woman who was assigned a temporary job as a janitor at a sugar plant claims she was the victim of retaliation because she rebuffed sexual advances from her supervisor. The plaintiff was assigned to work for the company after the plant workers went on strike. While doing her duties there, she was still under the supervision of the agency that hired her.

Racial slurs allegedly prompt a workplace discrimination claim

All employees should be mindful of what they say in the workplace. Using language that could be found offensive to others could cause some Texas workers to feel uncomfortable. If these workers complain and nothing is done to right the situation, they may feel that they are the victims of workplace discrimination.

An African-American woman was hired by a federal job corps company in 2010 as a resident adviser. She claims that she was laughed at when she complained about words said by her co-workers that offended her. In 2011, she alleges that she began hearing derogatory racial remarks. These epithets made her feel uncomfortable and upset her, so she reported the situation.

Woman's firing was allegedly retaliation for removing an app

As the world becomes more high tech, people are beginning to feel as if they have less privacy than they did even a few years ago. Monitoring technology is now becoming more prevalent in the workplace, and smartphones are now commonplace. With all of these advances, there may be a conflict between what a Texas company needs to know and what it wants to know about its employees. If workers do not comply with what they believe to be an unnecessary invasion of privacy, employers may act in retaliation and fire them instead.

A woman who worked a for a money transfer service in another state claims that she lost her job because she did not agree with a mandatory phone app. As part of her job, the plaintiff was given a company phone on which she was required to have the Xora app installed and open at all times. This app performed various functions, such as keeping time records, managing paperwork and logging trip information. This app could also track where the employees went because of its GPS capability.

Ex-Zales workers accuse their supervisor of sexual harassment

Many women may think that working for a jewelry store would be a dream come true, but that is not always the reality. A group of three women who worked for Texas-based Zales allege that they were the victims of sexual harassment. Each of the women had filed claims individually, but the cases were consolidated and recently moved to federal court.

The women were all employed by Zales in another state. Two of the women began working for the company in 2012; the other began in 2010. All three of the women had the same supervisor who allegedly caused the misconduct.

Bayer MaterialScience is being accused of sexual harassment

Bayer MaterialScience LLC and one of its supervisors are named as defendants in a case filed by a mother and her son. People in Texas and elsewhere may be disturbed to hear that the materials giant is being accused of sexual harassment and inflicting emotional distress. Both plaintiffs worked for the company as chemical operators -- the mother for 27 years and her son for just over a year.

The year after the son was hired, he began having pain in his kidney, and blood was found in his urine. After a physical done by a company nurse, he was instructed to see a family doctor because of the blood that was found. Four months later, the man was fired by his supervisor for allegedly falling asleep at work.

Worker accuses Kroger of violating the Family Medical Leave Act

Employees may need to take time away from work for any number of personal reasons. Some of these reasons are covered under the Family Medical Leave Act. Texas employees who need to take time off for eligible reasons should not be retaliated against for making use of this benefit.

A man who worked for Kroger in another state claims that he lost his job because he needed to take time off under the FMLA. The plaintiff started with the company as a night stock clerk and purportedly had a good track record during his years with the supermarket. This helped pave the way for him to be promoted to a dairy manager.

Tech professional, age 64, accuses Google of age discrimination

The world of technology may be populated by a lot of young people, but the older generation can also be very knowledgeable on the subject. Google users in Texas and elsewhere may be disappointed to hear about the way in which the company is allegedly determining who should be hired. An older gentleman, who applied for a job with the company in 2011, claims that he was the victim of age discrimination.

The 64-year-old man applied to work for the company as a software engineer -- a position for which he claims he was highly qualified. He had a track record of working with well-known companies in the computer industry. He also had master certifications that were considered rare for most information technology professionals.

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