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Race discrimination remains a problem, poll shows

Many individuals feel that America has made huge strides in combating race discrimination. Meanwhile, some people in Texas and other areas of the country feel that race discrimination remains a huge problem. New research echoes the latter opinion, showing that a large number of people view race relations as requiring major improvement throughout the country.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it unlawful to discriminate based on national origin, sex, religion, color or race. This applied to public buildings, schools and workplaces. However, some individuals say that race continues to be the foremost area of concern.

Workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy illegal

What starts out being one of the happiest moments of a woman's life can quickly become a devastating experience. Getting pregnant and having a baby in Texas can be exciting, but sometimes employers use it as an excuse to demote or even terminate a female worker. This is considered pregnancy discrimination, and it's illegal. In a recent out-of-state case, a woman filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit against a home cleaning business franchise.

The woman claimed that she was let go simply because she was pregnant. Specifically, V&B LLC, which is a Merry Maids franchise, allegedly fired her because she was experiencing health problems related to her pregnancy. The woman claimed that her health issues did not keep her from performing her job and that her work record was clean.

Workplace discrimination claims up in Texas in 2013

Many people are familiar with the "everything is bigger in Texas" saying. After all, the state is one of the largest in America, and it also is one of the most highly populated states. However, the number of workplace discrimination charges is also large in Texas, posing a big problem for the state, according to new data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The number of discrimination and harassment charges in the state's workplaces rose in a year's time. More than 9,000 charges were received by the EEOC in 2013 -- a boost of 2 percent from 2012. In fact, the number of charges in Texas made up a whopping 9 percent of total charges in the United States.

Man claims sexual harassment at Brand company in Texas

People naturally like to feel valued and accepted simply for who they are. This is why people typically feel violated when they are sexually harassed and taken advantage of on the basis of gender. This is also one of the reasons why people object to discrimination on the basis of race or other protected statuses, such as age. Moreover, the conduct is illegal. If sexual harassment or discrimination occurs at a company, the victim can seek justice in Texas.

In a recent Texas case, a man has filed a suit against the company Brand Energy Solutions. In this case, he said he was working as a lead employee at Brand before being laid off and then rehired at the company. However, even after receiving a promotion, his pay was still lower than it had previously been.

Operator tech claims workplace discrimination

Gender equality has made major strides in recent decades. However, in the modern business world, workplace discrimination on the basis of sex remains an issue. It is unlawful for a company in Texas to treat an employee or job applicant differently just because she is a woman; so if this happens, the individual whose rights have allegedly been violated may elect to file a claim against the employer.

In an out-of-state situation, a woman filed a lawsuit against her former employer. She claimed that the company mistreated her due to the fact that she was a woman. The woman worked as an operator technician at the facility. Male workers essentially told her that women weren't supposed to be in her position. She said she complained about the situation to her supervisors multiple times, but to no avail.

Workplace discrimination claim filed against Texas university

Being fired from a job can be a devastating experience for any employee in Texas, even if the person was at fault. However, being terminated from a job simply because of the color of one's skin or due to one's gender can be infuriating. This behavior, known as workplace discrimination, is also illegal. This is the situation that one woman in Texas allegedly faced.

In this scenario, a former female life sciences professor said she was improperly fired from her position at the University of Houston. She recently filed a lawsuit against the institution, claiming that it had engaged in employment discrimination. She said the situation started when an assistant professor began to harass her.

Pregnant workers in Texas face workplace discrimination

Being pregnant may be good news to the woman who is expecting, but it sometimes is bad news in the minds of the woman's manager. However, no matter how much an employer fears losing a female employee for several weeks due to her having a baby in Texas, it is illegal for that company to terminate the employee in an effort to replace her with someone who is not pregnant. Unfortunately, some employers try to get around being accused of workplace discrimination by firing the woman for purportedly legitimate reasons instead, with her pregnancy really being the driving force behind the termination.

Employers who get rid of pregnant workers usually try to paint these employees as being poor performers or always late. Sometimes, they claim that the company is reorganizing and they thus had to get rid of the worker. However, in many of these cases, the pregnant worker was a better performer on the job than some of her colleagues, yet these other colleagues remained employed.

TPC Group accussed of workplace discrimination in Texas

Humans naturally want to be accepted, whether in their families, in their social circles or on the job. The problem with not being accepted in the workplace, in particular, is that a superior's willingness to mistreat an individual may end up costing that person his or her job. This negatively impacts the person's ability to provide for his or her family and can deflate the worker's self-esteem. Mistreatment at work on the basis of race and other protected classes is considered illegal workplace discrimination in Texas, so a person who experiences this certainly reserves the right to seek justice.

One recent case in Texas revolves around a man who said that his employer engaged in many discriminatory acts against the workers there. The company being scrutinized is the TPC Group in Texas. The employee asserted that the company treated him improperly because of his religion, sex, color and race.

Accommodating pregnant workers prevents workplace discrimination

One of the most thrilling times in a woman's life -- pregnancy -- can also become one of her most stressful ones. This is not necessarily because she is worried about the health of her baby or about dealing with postpartum depression; rather, she is worried about dealing with her boss. However, an employer legally must not discriminate against a worker on the basis of her pregnancy or the birth of a child in Texas, and it must accommodate her in most cases in order to avoid engaging in workplace discrimination.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is designed to prevent employers from treating pregnant workers or new moms unfairly by treating them worse than their counterparts. It thus offers essential protections for expectant mothers. However, it is worth noting that this act does have limits.

Workplace discrimination may impact person's health in Texas

Many employees simply want to make it through the work day without a lot of hassle. They want to do their jobs effectively and, in return, be paid appropriately and treated fairly. In their minds, it's not too much to ask in Texas. However, some employers offer preferential treatment to some workers not on the basis of strong work ethic but due to their race, while those of other races end up demoted or even terminated due to workplace discrimination. Racism remains a real problem in modern society -- one that can have a real impact on the human body, not just on a person's wallet.

Racial discrimination during adolescence, especially, can have a negative impact on a person's future health. Still, receiving emotional support can help to protect a person against these ill effects. Recent research was conducted on people in their late teens and early 20s to determine whether there was a link between discrimination and stress.

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