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Married couple allege race discrimination, harassment

A former faculty member and a current faculty member at a noted university in another state have claimed that they were harassed and discriminated against due to their race. The pair, a married couple who are Asian American, have thus decided to sue the university together. When workers in the state of Texas face race discrimination or harassment on the job, it is within their rights to seek to hold their employers accountable for improper conduct.

The husband previously taught in the American Culture and History Departments at the university. The wife currently lectures in the American Culture and Women's Studies Departments. They started teaching at the school in the year 2000, at which time they were already married. According to the lawsuit, the couple faced discrimination as a result of their marriage, in addition to suffering disparate treatment for racial reasons.

8 school employees claim sexual harassment

Eight employees at a middle school in a recent out-of-state case sued their school district due to allegedly being sexually harassed. The employees specifically claimed that officials did not provide them with protection from a former colleague who was harassing them. Employers in Texas and elsewhere that allow sexual harassment to take place without taking steps to remedy the situation may be held liable.

According to the lawsuit in the out-of-state case, the former colleague took part in continued unwelcome and inappropriate sexual assessment towards the plaintiffs as well as multiple other district employees. This reportedly led to a work environment that the plaintiffs considered to be hostile. The alleged conduct also violated the plaintiffs' rights under the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment as well as Title VII.

Woman reportedly faces sexual harassment, discrimination at work

A woman who previously worked for a municipal solid waste department in another state accused city officials of discriminating against her. Specifically, the city manager, along with other officials, allegedly denied her a promotion due to a sexual harassment claim she had filed against the city manager back in 2014. However, the woman recently got a $300,000 settlement in a workplace discrimination lawsuit she had filed against the city officials. When employers in Texas and elsewhere engage in workplace discrimination, they may be held liable through the civil court system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman filed her lawsuit in 2015. According to the suit, she was working as an acting solid waste director at the time and was not given the director role since she had complained about the city manager sexually harassing her. In a separate case, the man who supported the woman's sexual harassment allegations reportedly ended up being terminated as a result and thus sued the city. This lawsuit was settled for $175,000, with the plaintiff receiving $91,000 of it.

Workplace discrimination suit filed against Fiat Chrysler

An automobile company is currently facing accusations of age discrimination. Specifically, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reportedly treated its older workers unjustly when evaluating their job performance. The company ended up giving older employers fewer promotions and less pay than its younger workers received -- a type of workplace discrimination that is illegal in Texas and all other states, according to federal law.

According to the federal lawsuit filed against Fiat, top managers at the company rarely worked with the workers for whom they were conducting performance evaluations. However, they were reportedly still charged with rating these employees' performance and always displayed the workers' photos in front of them during the evaluation process. Even when the workers' immediate supervisors praised their work, the higher-level managers allegedly often gave these same workers poor scores.

Religious discrimination suit against state settled

A minister who also worked for the government in another state was reportedly fired due to his religious views. He therefore sued the state, alleging religious discrimination, which is illegal in the state of Texas and other states. The suit was recently settled for more than $200,000.

The man, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister, was hired into the role of a district health director with the state's public health department back in 2014. State officials soon allegedly asked the man to submit content from the sermons he had previously preached. After he complied, the man was terminated in just two days.

Settlement reached in race discrimination case

A black woman in another state sued a county school district for discriminating against her on the basis of race. However, the school district recently reached a settlement with her. When people face workplace race discrimination in Texas, it is within their rights to seek to hold their employers accountable through the civil justice system.

In the recent out-of-state case, the woman who sued the school district served as a psychologist with the district between 2011 and 2014. She claimed that the school district, as well as an assistant superintendent, decided against renewing her contract due to her race. The plaintiff was one of only a handful of black workers in the district.

Woman sues charter school, alleging race discrimination

A woman who used to work at a charter school in another state recently sued the school for racially discriminating against her. In her federal lawsuit, the Asian American woman alleged that, in addition to her facing race discrimination, her free speech right was violated. Anyone in Texas and elsewhere who suffers from racial discrimination has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

The woman in the out-of-state case filed her claim against the academy as well as its principal. She claimed that she spoke to around 100 students in middle school one day about discrimination against women as well as domestic violence. She asserted that she was speaking as a writer, not in her role as an instructor at the time.

Sexual harassment claims filed against Sterling Jewelers

Hundreds of people who used to work for Sterling Jewelers have accused the jewelry company of allowing an environment in which they could be sexually harassed. They recently filed claims alleging the company's work leaders of also encouraging gender discrimination, which is illegal in the state of Texas and other states. The company's chief executive is among the leaders who have been sued for sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination.

The workers who filed claims asserted that male managers had groped female workers during their time at the company. In addition, authority figures at Sterling have been accused of offering to advance employees who provided sexual favors. These incidents allegedly took place between the late 1990s and the 2000s.

Sexual harassment claim filed by female police officer

A female police officer in another state has decided to sue her borough supervisor and chief after reportedly being harassed sexually. The woman also claimed that her superiors did not take her complaints about the harassment seriously. Sexual harassment remains a serious issue in the workplace in Texas and other states, but those who experience it may have legal recourse through the civil court system.

In the lawsuit, the woman claimed that another officer sexually harassed her, and this conduct made her job intolerable. The harassment is said to have begun in fall 2015. At that time, the other officer allegedly made derogatory and sexual comments regarding females with whom he had been sexually involved in the past. He also reportedly talked about the various sexual acts he had performed. The female officer had been in a romantic relationship with this other officer from March to June 2014.

Race discrimination lawsuit filed against school district

A previous principal at an elementary school has filed a legal suit against her former school district, alleging that she suffered from workplace discrimination due to being black. The race discrimination lawsuit was filed on a recent Thursday. If employees in Texas are discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of their race, they have the right to take legal action.

According to the lawsuit, the district's director of schools treated the plaintiff differently than she did faculty who were not black. For instance, the director allegedly managed the plaintiff's work and deflated the evaluations she received on her performance. The director also reportedly told teachers to tell her about the former principal's work.

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