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March 2018 Archives

Beware certain risks when firing employees

Texas is an at-will employment state. This means that employees can be fired for any reason, as long as it is not an unlawful reason, typically one of the statutorily enumerated reasons such as discrimination. An employee could be fired for being late, for being early, for not working enough and for working too much. An employee could be fired simply because their supervisor feels like firing them--and it would be perfectly legal.

Combating sexual harassment in the workplace

Trade journal Accounting Today has completed an in-depth analysis of sexual harassment across several industries. In publishing the results, they’ve boiled it down to “10 key findings,” which paint a picture of workplaces where employees understand that harassment is a problem, but they either don't have the awareness to identify it or they don't believe that their reports will lead to real change.

Nearly 50 percent of EEOC complaints due to retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency responsible for enforcing workplace civil rights, has released its statistics regarding discrimination claims filed in fiscal year 2017. According to the data, retaliation claims composed nearly half of all the claims received by the EEOC for that year. The second most common complaint was racial discrimination, closely followed by disability discrimination.

Mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment may soon be banned

Mandatory arbitration in workplace sexual harassment cases may soon be a thing of the past. The attorneys general of every state in the nation have joined together, urging Congress to prohibit forced arbitration. The bipartisan group--which includes Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton--is encouraging legislation that would allow victims to take their harassment claims to court.

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