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Pilgrim's Pride accused of workplace discrimination

An employee of Pilgrim's Pride Corp. claims that he was treated unfairly because of his race and has taken his complaints to court. The plaintiff was hired to work as a shop attendant at a Texas location in 2009. Initially, the man did not suffer any workplace discrimination, but he claims that over the last few years the situation has dramatically changed.

The plaintiff -- who happens to be black -- noticed that his work conditions were becoming less favorable. He allegedly was subjected to inappropriate comments about his race. Additionally, he noticed that his hours had decreased, and he was not being paid equally to his co-workers in the same positions. All of these changes seemed to happen without explanation.

Women come forward alleging sexual harassment at Dunkin Donuts

One of the top names in donuts and coffee in Texas and elsewhere, Dunkin' Donuts, is appearing in the news with some serious accusations. Several female employees at some of the stores in another state claim that they were subjected to sexual harassment. The case is being heard in a federal court to try to bring justice to the victims.

According to the complaint, the women suffered harassment on a regular basis. The plaintiffs allege that were touched inappropriately and given invitations for sex. Additionally, they claim that they had to listen to remarks that were not appropriate in the workplace.

Ex-Armani general counsel files a workplace discrimination claim

Many Texas readers may have heard of Armani as being a leading name in fashion. The company is now in the news in an unfavorable light after accusations of workplace discrimination by one of its former employees. Not only does the plaintiff believe he was discriminated against because of his national origin but also because of his medical condition.

The plaintiff began working for Armani in October of 2014 as its general counsel. From the beginning, the man noticed tension when he was purportedly told by the CFO multiple times that the CFO did not trust people who are Mexican. Being of that national origin himself, the plaintiff said he was disturbed by what was happening. Once the CFO had been alerted to the plaintiff being Mexican, the plaintiff claims that he suddenly was placed under close surveillance.

Garrison accused of sexual harassment by former female worker

There is a fine line between having a bit of fun at work and making comments that others may find offensive. In order to keep the work environment comfortable for everyone, all workers should pay attention to the way that they act. A woman who worked for an oil field services company in Texas claims that her co-workers subjected her to sexual harassment.

The plaintiff began working for Garrison Contractors Inc. as a dump truck driver in 2012. She was the only female worker and spent her days side by side with her male peers. As a roustabout, the woman would dig ditches, mend leaks and keep the equipment clean.

Wrongful termination claim filed against Highmark by previous CEO

All Texas employees should exercise good judgment before entering into a relationship with a co-worker to ensure that no policies are violated. Disregarding such policies could result in employees losing their jobs. However, if workers are fired even though they are adhering to company policies, they may feel that they are the victims of a wrongful termination.

The CEO and president of Highmark Inc. believes that he followed the insurance provider's policies, but he needlessly lost his job. The plaintiff was arrested for trespassing and assault charges after getting into a fight with the husband of another employee with whom he was involved. After the plaintiff went through anger management classes, the charges against him were dropped.

Arthur's settles $20K for a workplace discrimination lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been diligently fighting to protect the interests of women from discrimination due to their pregnancy. Over the last four years, the EEOC has filed over 45 of these workplace discrimination claims. The agency was able to have nearly $3.5 million awarded to the affected women. Another case has just arisen against Arthur's Restaurant and Bar in Texas that was being accused of firing a women for being pregnant.

The plaintiff was still working at the restaurant while she was seven months pregnant. Though she had planned on continuing the work, she was allegedly told that she should go onto her maternity leave early. She was apparently told that she should go onto this leave for the health and safety of herself and her unborn child.

6 former Wal-Mart workers sue for workplace discrimination

As many Texas readers may know, Wal-Mart is the country's largest private employer, and it hires thousands of people to keep its stores in operation. The company is also consistently in the headlines for being accused of breaking various state and federal statutes. A group of employees from another state have recently brought a workplace discrimination claim against the retailer in a federal court.

The six workers all claim that they were long-time employees who were fired unjustly. One of the plaintiffs was with the company for 28 years when he was let go. The 62-year-old man claims that he had missed work on three occasions, which the company had apparently said was reason enough to terminate him. He claims that other workers who were not black and younger were able to get away with missing more work than he had and were able to retain their jobs. The plaintiff stated that one of the employees had missed work without reason 19 times, and on 11 of those occasions, she did not call to let anyone know she was not coming in to work.

Woman alleges FMLA violations after returning from surgery

According to federal law, the Family Medical Leave Act allows time away for Texas workers in the event of a medical emergency for companies who employ more than 50 people. Since 1993, the FMLA has helped workers during their time of need for instances covered by the law. Using this benefit should not result in retaliation from employers, but unfortunately, it still can occur.

A woman from another state was a full-time deputy clerk who was with the office for over 13 years. She alleges that she had a satisfactory or better performance record. The plaintiff was diagnosed with cancer and alerted her employer that she would require surgery.

Applicants accuse trucking company of workplace discrimination

Many Texas companies use pre-employment screening tests to help screen applicants to achieve the best fit possible for a position. However, some types of testing, in effect, discriminate against protected classes of workers and are illegal. Employers that use these barred types of tests may be faced with workplace discrimination claims.

Celadon, a trucking company that operates in another state, was accused of disqualifying applicants with disabilities based upon illegal medical testing. The 23 plaintiffs were apparently required to take medical exams before a final  decision was made on their employment. The candidates had applied for truck driving positions. According to the complaint, two of the applicants were qualified for the positions for which they applied, but they were denied a position because of disabilities discovered during the medical exams.

Ex-Hooters girl claims race discrimination due to her hair color

Employee appearance policies help to ensure that all workers have an image that reflects well on the companies for which they work. However, these policies should apply to all Texas workers the same way regardless of race. A former server for Hooters claims that she was the victim of race discrimination because of the unfair treatment she received for coloring her hair.

The plaintiff -- who happens to be black -- said she was scrutinized when she came to work with blond highlights in her hair. Her manager allegedly told her that blond hair is not natural for a black woman and informed her that she was not abiding by the employee appearance policy. According to the policy, Hooters servers are to keep their hair colors within two shades, either lighter or darker, of their nature colors. The plaintiff contends that the same standard was not applied to white servers who had dark, but highlighted, hair.

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