After being allegedly subjected to improper conduct in the workplace, a female lobbyist has had enough. The woman worked for the American Association of Landmen in Texas and is accusing the executive vice president of sexual harassment. She claims that she wanted to do her job and be left alone, but after more than a year of the abuse, she could not take it anymore.
No matter how large or small a company may be, it does not get a free pass to subject its employees to discrimination. Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc., a gas and oil drilling company based in Texas, is being accused of workplace discrimination by more than 1,000 affected workers. According to the complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the company has been engaged in discriminatory behavior since 2006. The discrimination has been allegedly based upon the national origin and race of some of the workers.
It is often easy for companies to turn a blind eye to behavior from a staff member if that person is of importance to the facility. To keep him or her happy, Texas employers may attempt to sweep inappropriate situations, such as sexual harassment, under the rug to keep the offending person happy. Workers have the right to feel safe in the workplace, and when they no longer do, they may turn to the law to help correct the situation and prevent it from happening to others in the future.
Being a model may seem like a glamorous job, but, behind the scenes, it seems to be a different story. Many models in Texas and across the country may be dealing with the same issues as Nekesha McCary. She claims she is owed back wages because she was inappropriately classified as an independent contractor instead of as an employee.
Many Texas workers still suffer each day from a hostile work environment. Often, these victims stay silent about the situation for fear of retaliation, including loss of their jobs. It takes a lot of courage for the victims of sexual harassment in Texas to take a stand against the wrongful conduct so that it ceases and will not continue happening to others in the future.
A truck driver claims he lost his job was because of the color of his skin. The former employee -- who happens to be black -- worked for BFI Waste Services of Texas. He alleges that he was the victim of race discrimination and was given unfair treatment compared to his co-workers.