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Sexual harassment claim filed against Texas company

When an employee believes that he or she is being harassed at work, generally the first step is to alert a superior to the issue. At this point, the employer should be following protocol and putting an end to the sexual harassment behavior.  Sadly, there are some Texas businesses that take this type of activity and sweep it under the rug, forcing the employee to deal with the issue alone. In some cases, sometimes a company even fires the employee to avoid dealing with the problem.

A former foreman for Elliott Turbocharger Group Inc., claims that he lost his job after he alerted his superiors to unwanted workplace behavior. He asserts that he heard a group of coworkers making a derogatory homosexual reference toward him. After he allegedly told the men to stop making those types of comments, the activity continued despite his request. He then reported the incident to his superior, who told him that he would discuss the issue with the men.

Neiman Marcus salesman claims workplace discrimination

A fragrance counter salesman felt that he lost his job unjustly, despite his incredible sales record. The man believes that he was fired due to workplace discrimination because he is homosexual and Jewish. He is now fighting back and filing a claim against the Texas-based Neiman Marcus.

The plaintiff began working for the store in 2005 and claims that he was harassed by his supervisor. He alleges that when he attempted to take days off for trips to Israel for religious reasons, his boss made derogatory comments about the country. He also claims that he suffered negative remarks regarding his sexual orientation. For having the highest company sales, he was given a reward of two $900 bottles of cologne, but he asserts that he never received his second bottle and that his supervisor had taken it. When he called the company for his second bottle, his boss was angered that he had talked to upper executives, and his treatment allegedly worsened.

Former Wendy's employee claims she was fired for taking FMLA time

When employees suffer from a serious illness or injury, they may need to take time away from work to recover. Abiding by the stipulations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Texas workers are able to take off work for the time that they need. Some employers choose not to recognize the person's right to take the time and may choose to terminate the employee instead.

A former worker for Wendy's has filed a claim against the owner of the franchise who employed her. She stated that she began to experience extreme pain in her abdomen and severe cramping, which prompted her to go to a physician the same day. She was told that her pain was caused by an ovarian cyst that would require surgery to have it removed.

Former Fox employee claims she was fired due to her illness

A former employee for Fox Television is claiming that, after being diagnosed with cancer, she lost her job for needing time away from work. In her complaint, she stated that she had to undergo necessary surgery to treat her illness. After she returned to work, she claims that she was greeted by a hostile work environment. She claims that she spoke to human resources about the way the way that her coworkers were treating her, but the situation got progressively worse. The Texas woman decided that she would apply for a different position, but she asserts that she was never offered an interview, despite being more qualified than the person who ended up getting the job.

The stress of the job allegedly began to manifest, and the woman began to suffer nausea, chest pressure and insomnia. Due to how she was feeling, she requested that she work month-to-month, but she claims that she was given the ultimatum to either contract for another six months or resign. The plaintiff's symptoms from stress continued, and her doctor recommended she take some time away from work, so she was placed on leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.

Denial of teacher's tenure leads to wrongful termination lawsuit

Beneath the surface, many businesses may have dealings that they do not want exposed to the public. Some employees who discover these findings speak out to have the unethical activity stopped. This may prompt the employer to fire the worker to silence him or her. Recently, a former professor for Texas Southern University claimed that he was the victim of a wrongful termination.

According to his federal court complaint, the man began his career in the Navy and then worked in a number of positions, including in power plants and as a naval flight instructor, which ultimately gave him the credentials he needed to become a teacher. He claims that he continued to work with the aviation program of the university and finally became an assistant professor. During his employment, he purportedly discovered that funds which should have been going to the airway science equipment upgrades and their maintenance was going elsewhere. He reported the findings to his superiors.

Workplace discrimination suit filed by 2 airline employees

Two Texas workers recently filed a suit against Continental/United Airlines alleging that they were mistreated on the basis of race and sex. According to the workplace discrimination suit, the two workers -- black females -- were constantly ignored when pursuing promotions. In addition, the two women claimed they weren't acknowledged for their stellar performances at work.

The women said they were chosen to complete an assignment in another country that was slated to last eight weeks. While trying to merge United Airlines’ and Continental Airlines’ computer systems there, they reportedly suffered discrimination. In addition to denying them promotions, the company allegedly created payroll-related problems for them, deleted their passwords, denied them uniforms and disciplined them for fake infractions.

Man claims he suffered wrongful termination due to his faith

Being terminated from a job because of one’s religious beliefs can understandably be mortifying for an employee in Texas. This is because a person’s religious beliefs often define the individual. One man recently claimed he was a victim of wrongful termination because his employer unfairly fired him based on his faith.

The man is a newspaper editor who was reportedly fired in May. The man said he wrote one personal blog criticizing a website that rewrites the Bible in order to make it more gay-friendly. A media writer then reported on the editor’s post and raised questions regarding whether the editor could cover matters dealing with gays in an unbiased matter, according to the man’s claim.

Man files race discrimination suit against Texas company

Being able to get a job can be exciting, but being promoted to a higher position can be even more exhilarating. However, being denied the opportunity to advance due to one’s race can feel like a slap in the face. One Texas worker recently filed a race discrimination suit against his former employer for this very reason.

The man apparently began to work for VAM USA in 2008. While a utility employee there, the man claims that he got strong performance reviews. Still, he asserts that he was constantly passed over for advancement training as a result of his being black.

Sexual harassment a problem in the science field

Although many people in Texas would like to think that sexual harassment will eventually be a thing of the past, new research shows that it remains a real problem. This appears to be particularly true in the science field, where woman are sexually harassed or assaulted while doing research. Most of these sexual harassment acts take place at the hands of the female employees’ supervisors, according to the research.

Researchers focused on more than 100 men and over 500 women who have experience in scientific disciplines such as geology, archaeology and anthropology. More than 60 percent of the survey respondents said they experienced harassment. Meanwhile, 20 percent claimed to be sexual assault victims.

Electrician claims he faced age discrimination on the job

Being treated poorly by a boss because of one's age can be dispiriting for an employee in Texas and other parts of the United States. A 43-year-old man in a different state recently said he was a victim of age discrimination in the workplace, and was then fired for complaining about how his employer mistreated him. He is now seeking damages under an age discrimination act as well as under an anti-retaliation provision of the act.

The issue started when the man, an electrician, said he was terminated in 2012 after correspondence from a supervisor at a previous job supposedly indicated he had performed unsatisfactorily. The man said that his personal discussion with the supervisor of the job, however, indicated that the supervisor was actually pleased with his work. The male employee then filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, claiming that the correspondence was fraudulent. The man ended up being rehired, but a condition of his being rehired was that he would drop the complaint; he agreed to do so.

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