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Texas cited in top five for workplace discrimination suits

Human beings come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors; however, the common thread among them all is the desire to be accepted. This applies to social situations as well as to the workplace. Being accepted in the workplace is especially essential, because not being treated properly equate to a hostile work environment for an employee and threaten his or her very livelihood. This is precisely why workplace discrimination is illegal. The state of Texas has been named among the states having a high number of discrimination cases filed when compared to all the other states in the U.S.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is focusing more on cases involving systemic discrimination rather than on individual claims. More than 130 suites were filed by the agency in 2013. Statistics show that the most cases dealt with claims about employers' violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The least number of claims dealt with harassment or racial discrimination. Other claims involved sex discrimination and retaliation. Texas was number four out of the top five states, having 11 cases filed in the last fiscal year.

Employers, according to the law, cannot treat an employee or job candidate differently from his or her counterparts on the basis of sex, age or race. If there is proof that an employer has perpetrated acts of workplace discrimination, the employee who believes he or she has been victimized reserves the right to pursue a discrimination claim against said employer. Various reparation can result from a successfully navigated case in Texas, such as placement in a job, back pay or even a promotion. Each case is different and qualified legal counsel may be able to provide victims with additional options and an estimation of the outcome to a specific case.

Source: businessinsurance.com, EEOC focuses on systemic discrimination: Analysis, Judy Greenwald, Jan. 23, 2014

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