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March 2017 Archives

Did complaint of race discrimination cause retaliatory behavior?

It might seem odd to many Texas residents that in today's society, such a question even needs to be asked anymore. Nevertheless, a federal court in another part of the country needs to answer this question after a worker filed a complaint alleging that he suffered retaliation when he complained of race discrimination in his workplace. Discrimination of many types continues to occur here in Texas and elsewhere, and not enough employees are willing to take a stand against it for fear of being terminated, harassed or retaliated against.

Wrongful termination claim of former Verizon employee settles

As the average age of the population rises and the economy requires people to work longer, many older Americans continue to work longer than their parents and grandparents did. In theory, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act should protect these workers from losing their jobs based on their age. However, as many Texas residents can attest, in practice, workers become victims of wrongful termination every day across the country for this reason.

Did your employer terminate you for taking FMLA leave?

The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") is available to eligible employees who need to be absent from work due to their chronic or serious health condition or that of a close relative, the birth of a child or any medical condition that requires an absence of three consecutive days or more from work. Under the FMLA, an eligible employee may take up to 12 weeks leave per year. An employee must who has been on FMLA leave must generally be returned to the same or substantially similar job following FMLA leave.

A federal law turns 50, but age discrimination still persists

Approximately 50 years ago, the federal government passed a law intended to protect older Americans in the workplace. Many older Texas workers could attest to the fact that age discrimination persists in spite of the law. In 2015, a field study was done to determine whether those workers are right.

Is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act working?

The federal government took actions back in 1967 to ensure that older Americans, including those here in Texas, are able to find gainful employment regardless of their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act as modified to remove the upper age limit protection of 65 turns 50 years old this year. The question is whether it is working.

Pregnant? Don't forget about FMLA leave

The birth of a child is one of the most exciting, frightening and joyous times in the lives of many Texas residents. Most working parents want to take as much time as they can after their children are born to be with them in the first weeks of their lives. Under FMLA, those parents could get their wish. 

Throwing money at sexual harassment claims is not enough

Corrections officers across the country, including those here in Texas, have a difficult job. The last thing they need is to deal with sexual harassment from other officers and supervisors. Unfortunately, it is prevalent in many prisons, and one state's legislature recently blasted its department of corrections for allowing the behavior to continue.

Wrongful termination case filed against ESPN

The news is filled with stories of companies that are said to be giving in to pressure from the public when it comes to political correctness and views. Texas tennis fans might know who Doug Adler is, a now-former ESPN anchor. He covered tennis for the sports network until he was fired. He claims in a recent wrongful termination lawsuit that the motivation for his firing was his use of the word "guerrilla" to describe the playing style of Venus Williams.

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