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Workplace Discrimination Archives

The ADEA at 50: A not-so-happy birthday

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act is as old, if not older than the workers it strives to protect. Enacted in 1967, the ADEA was supposed to alter the playing field for older workers. However, according to EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, outdated stereotypes continue as to employment practices that exclude or discourage workers who are 50 and older.

What qualifies as workplace discrimination?

Federal and state laws protect workers here in Texas and elsewhere from being denied employment opportunities based on certain characteristics over which they have no control. The U.S Department of Justice outlines certain types of workplace discrimination prohibited by law. If an employee believes that he or she faces discrimination for one of the following, legal action could be warranted.

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.

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.

CNN, Time Warner involved in race discrimination case

Texas readers may be aware of the pending litigation involving CNN, Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner. Reports stated that two individuals associated with the companies have filed a class-action lawsuit due to race discrimination in the workplace. This suit is reportedly not the first such claim concerning these companies. It was unclear how many specific individuals could be affected by the class-action status of the case.

Facebook at center of race discrimination lawsuit

Texas residents may be interested in a current employment law case involving social media company Facebook. Reports stated that two African-American employees in another state filed a federal lawsuit against the company after allegedly facing race discrimination on the job. One of the workers is a maintenance man, and the other man was a manager before leaving the company in October. 

Texas workers with disabilities may fear workplace discrimination

Being looked at differently due to having a disability can be a hurtful but, unfortunately, common action that many individuals face. Though most instances of this may be overlooked, there are cases in which being considered unfit due to an unrelated disability may be cause for legal action. If an individual has faced workplace discrimination due to having a disability, he or she may wish to consider potential legal options.

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