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Texas residents may fight FMLA violations

Many Texas residents may face circumstances that present the need for time away from work. In many instances, the federal Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, allows for individuals to take extended time off of work for applicable reasons without facing negative repercussions. However, some individuals may have their rights provided by this law violated by employers, and as a result, they could face considerable setbacks.

One man in another state is currently taking legal action against his former employer for violations of the FMLA and other unfair acts. Reports stated that the man's wife had been diagnosed with brain cancer, and in order to receive treatment, she needed to go out of state. The man requested time away from work under the FMLA, but his leave was denied by his employer. The man was apparently told that the FMLA did not apply to the company, but that claim was reportedly untrue.

Legal claims may help rectify wrongful termination in Texas

Texas residents likely know that being unjustly fired from a job can have substantial impacts. Unfortunately, one man in another state is currently dealing with the loss of his job, which he believes occurred unnecessarily. As a result, he is pursuing a case against the wrongful termination in hopes of regaining his position with the town's highway department.

Reports stated that the situation initially began after the man was injured at work. He fell down stairs while carrying materials and seriously injured his ankle. It took 10 months after the incident before the man was able to have surgery on his ankle to correct the issue. During those months, he received medical treatment and tests for his injury. While still undergoing physical therapy, the man was terminated from his position.

Texas workers have rights for addressing workplace discrimination

Being discriminated against because of race or national origin can cause many individuals to face a great deal of pain. Texas residents may be interested in one workplace discrimination case that is currently underway in another state. Reports indicate that a university professor has filed a claim against the institution for discrimination after he was forced to teach subjects for which he was not qualified.

The man is a native of South Korea and had previously filed a claim against the university after he was terminated from his position. That previous claim also revolved around discrimination, and he was later rehired after the case was settled in mediation. However, he claims he continued to face harassment and retaliation on the job. He asserts that he was not given raises similar to other co-workers and was passed over for promotion. 

Male victims of sexual harassment have legal options in Texas

Unwanted sexual advances can affect both men and women. When sexual harassment takes place in a work environment, men and women should feel comfortable reporting the harassment and seeing the necessary actions taken. Unfortunately, there are many cases in which supervisors may not take the proper steps to address the issues, and victims may need to pursue legal action.

Texas residents may be interested in a sexual harassment case currently underway in another state. Reports indicated that a male police officer was harassed by a female superior while on the job. The woman made sexual advances, inappropriate comments and used the man's personal information to stay in contact. Reports indicated that this inappropriate behavior continued for approximately a year. Though the man reported the incidents to a male superior, his claims were laughed off. 

Terms of employment contracts could affect lives of Texas workers

The terms of workers' contracts can have a significant impact on how they carry out their work duties and also on certain aspects of their lives. Due to the importance of employment contracts, individuals often want to ensure that they are getting the best terms possible. Unfortunately, parties may disagree on what those terms may be and disputes could arise. 

Texas residents may be interested in a contract dispute currently taking place in another state. Reports indicated that a school district and education association have been at odds for six months since the most recent contract expired in June of last year. Due to having been unable to come to terms for a new contract, the employees have been carrying out their duties under the terms of the old contract.

Whole Foods wrongful termination case may interest Texas workers

Whistleblowing is a term that many Texas employees may have heard at one point or another. In many cases, this term means that individuals have spoken out about actions committed or practices carried out by employers or companies that have negative repercussions. If employees are fired from their jobs for speaking out against unjust actions, they may have cause to file wrongful termination claims.

It was recently reported that nine former Whole Foods managers in another area are taking such action after being dismissed from their jobs. Apparently, the managers believed that the company was committing wage theft by not paying workers bonuses that they had earned. The individuals reportedly spoke out against the company-wide practice and were later placed under an internal investigation. 

Family Medical Leave Act violations should not go overlooked

Having medical issues can make it difficult for individuals to work. However, numerous Texas residents attempt to work through their suffering in order to hold down steady employment. While doing so, they may need time away from work in order to address their medical concerns, and in many cases, certain absences are covered under the federal Family Medical Leave Act. 

Though the FMLA protects workers with medical issues, some employees could still face negative repercussions from their employers. It was recently reported that one man in another state believes his rights under the FMLA were violated. The man worked as a custodian at a university, and he needed sporadic leave due to a medical condition. He was later terminated from his position for excessive absences, though some of those absences were covered under his FMLA leave. As a result, he has filed a lawsuit.

Legal action could help Texas residents combat retaliation

There are many instances in which individuals may feel concerned about certain aspects of their jobs. In some cases, these aspects may be serious issues such as discrimination, wage violations or other unlawful practices. Many workers may feel the need to speak out against such unjust actions, but as a result, they could face wrongful termination or other forms of retaliation.

Texas residents may be interested in one out-of-state woman's predicament with such circumstances. Reports stated that the woman had been an employee at a university, and she claims that one of her supervisors participated in discriminatory actions toward Hispanic individuals. She also stated that she had not been properly compensated for overtime work, and a white employee in a similar position to hers was given a better work schedule. 

Texas victims of sexual harassment have legal options

Feeling unsafe at work is never a situation in which any employee wants to find him or herself. Unfortunately, sexual harassment can quickly result in workers feeling as if their work environment is no longer a secure place. If the circumstances are serious, individuals may have cause to pursue legal action.

Texas residents may be interested in one out-of-state woman's case involving such harassment. Reports stated that the woman works as part of a construction team, and she filed a lawsuit after a male co-worker sexually harassed her at work. The woman had apparently been approached by the man after he overheard a conversation she had had with another individual. The man then made sexual comments as part of a threat. After that incident, the man was allegedly reprimanded.

CNN, Time Warner involved in race discrimination case

Texas readers may be aware of the pending litigation involving CNN, Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner. Reports stated that two individuals associated with the companies have filed a class-action lawsuit due to race discrimination in the workplace. This suit is reportedly not the first such claim concerning these companies. It was unclear how many specific individuals could be affected by the class-action status of the case.

Both of the men involved in this current lawsuit are African-American. One man formerly worked for CNN as executive administrative assistant, and the other man is still employed by Turner Broadcasting. These men claim that the work environments hinder the rights of minorities when it comes to addressing employment discrimination. 

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