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.
He alleged that this happened when the company denied him a promotion and did not grant him a reasonable accommodation. The individual claimed that he completed a fitness test and then was instructed to shave his goatee and redo the test, even though he had already passed the test and had always worn the goatee at the job site up until that point. He is seeking a full investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Companies legally may not mistreat a worker because of his skin color, gender or religious belief system. If this happens, the person certainly may opt to pursue a claim against the employer. An investigation can reveal the truth, and if workplace discrimination indeed is proved to be true, calling attention to the situation may prevent it from happening to someone else. In this type of situation, potential legal remedies from a successfully fought claim could include a promotion or back pay, depending on the circumstances surrounding the specific case in Texas.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, Employee sues TPC Group claiming discrimination over goatee, Joel Brakken, Feb. 21, 2014