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Workplace Discrimination Archives

Can workplace discrimination occur before an employee is hired?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits private and public employers from discriminating against employees because of their sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. What prospective staff members may not know is that Title VII also includes provisions to protect applicants not yet hired.

Harassed at work? Reported it to HR? What are your options now?

Sarah was excited to start her new job. Fresh out of UT, accounting degree in hand, she had been heavily recruited and was excited to land at a top firm. Her new job seemed interesting and the culture seemed open and welcoming.

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 However, according to EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic, outdated stereotypes continue as to employment practices that exclude or discourage workers who are 50 and older.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.

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