Both sexual harassment and retaliation or reporting harassment are illegal. However, employers in Texas and other states sometimes commit these acts, which is grounds for litigation. One woman in another state recently filed a retaliation lawsuit against the state's department of health after being fired from there for allegedly complaining about workplace sexual harassment.
Being discriminated against in the workplace may not only cost a person in Texas his or her self-esteem but also may cost the individual his or her job if the employer chooses to retaliate against this person. In one out-of-state case, a black school employee claimed that a race discrimination complaint she made several years ago has cost her valuable training opportunities. She recently filed a federal lawsuit against her school district employer.
When a company in Texas treats an employee unfairly on the basis of the color of his or her skin, it is within that employee's right to take legal action. In another state, one African-American man recently claimed that two of his former employers discriminated against him due to his race. He therefore filed a workplace discrimination claim against them, alleging not only discrimination but also wrongful termination and retaliation.
The purpose of the federal Family Medical Leave Act is to protect employees in Texas and other states who experience extenuating family and medical circumstances. Through this law, a qualifying employee is allowed up to a total of 12 weeks of leave without pay each year to recover from an illness or take care of a loved one. Sometimes, however, employers punish workers for taking a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave -- something for which they may be held liable in civil court.
Nearly one-third of the charges seen by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, deal with harassment. The top bases of harassment include sex and race as well as disability. Workplace discrimination continues to pose a serious problem for workers across the United States, including in Texas.
Sometimes a person's decision to report illegal behavior in the workplace in Texas may end up backfiring -- in the form of termination. Two people in a recent out-of-state case were fired earlier this year from a credit union. However, they claimed that the firings were done in retaliation for their speaking up about the credit union's inappropriate accounting practices and have since filed a civil suit against the credit union.
When a supervisor in Texas is accused of sexually harassing an employee at a company, this is grounds for filing a lawsuit against the employer. In one case in another state, a part-time worker filed a sexual harassment suit against the city for which she was working. A lawsuit settlement of $1.9 million was recently announced in this case.
According to federal law, mistreating an employee based on his or her sex is illegal in Texas and other states. However, it still happens, in which case the employer perpetrating the wrongdoing may be held accountable through civil court. One woman in a different state recently filed a lawsuit against the city for whom she used to work, along with the city manager, alleging gender discrimination.
If employees in Texas notice that their employers are engaging in unethical or illegal practices, they naturally may be inclined to report this activity. However, doing so may cause them to become victims of employer retaliation. One woman in another state recently claimed she was retaliated against after complaining about incorrect accounting practices at Oracle.