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Science community rallies for better sexual harassment prevention

In recent months, the science community has been shocked by the sexual harassment allegations of one of its leading bloggers. The blogger, a writer for "Scientific American," was charged with sexual harassment by a number of women who felt he was acting inappropriately toward them. The whole incident (much of which was reported by numerous science-related publications) leads people in Texas and across the country to wonder if there is any field in which this type of discriminatory, unethical and unlawful behavior is not found.

Blind Texas employee cites disability discrimination

Coming back to work after a disability leave can be tough. It was especially so for a legally blind Texas woman who claims that her employer refused her request for reasonable accommodations.

Texas discrimination case involves state educational institution

Discrimination cases can and do happen across all industries, including at educational institutions. In fact, a recent discrimination case formally began in Texas, and the alleged discrimination occurred at a state college. There, the campus is being charged as being a discriminatory environment by a woman who was formerly employed by the college.

Texas women in military face sexual harassment issues

It may be unfortunate, but it's a fact: women in the military are reporting sexual harassment on the job more often than ever. It's such a prominent problem that even the Department of Defense admits that sexual harassment is happening far too often to females who choose to join the Army, Navy or other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. This could impact many Texas women since the state is home to numerous military bases.

Fast-food employees can't afford to leave any money on the table

According to a report released earlier this month, 59 percent of Texas fast-food employees rely on some form of public assistance to support their families. Recent strikes in Houston, Dallas and Austin have focused on the fact that employees are whipsawed between compensation that has less purchasing power than it did in 1968 and the growth of part-time work, especially in low-wage sectors of the economy.

Some whistleblowers face unfair retaliation from Texas companies

Being named a financial firm "whistleblower" can be seen as a less-than-flattering moniker. However, many Texas whistleblowers are unnecessarily facing retaliation when some feel they should be heralded for their willingness to tell the truth. In fact, the fear of retaliation, though a common and understandable reaction, is one of the barriers that keeps people from coming forward.

Employer liable for sexual harassment in Texas in certain cases

Employees may enjoy the challenge of going to work each day and striving to impress their bosses -- enough to get them a raise. However, when they are singled out due to their sex and are harassed on this basis in Texas, the work environment can easily become unpleasant. A recent article explains why employers should be cognizant of how their supervisors treat their employees as far as sexual harassment is concerned.

Texas law enforcement veteran charged with sexual harassment

In Texas, a sexual harassment civil case against a long-time law enforcement officer is making headlines. The man, a former sheriff, is being accused of inappropriate behavior with his colleagues. Though he no longer works in law enforcement, the sexual harassment charges against him show that this type of claim can occur in all fields.

Texas woman alleges sexism kept her from getting promotions

A Texas woman filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that she was denied advancement with her employer for eight years. The suit alleges that less experienced and under-qualified male employees were promoted above her during that time for information technology jobs. Hired in 2005, she is the only woman in her company's IT server department.

Amazon worker asks for class action status in wage and hour suit

People in Texas who order products from Amazon may or may not be aware that a woman that works for the online retail giant has filed a lawsuit against the company. She is asking that her wage and hour lawsuit be given class action status because she claims that there are thousands of people who work for Amazon that would benefit from a recovery in her case. Her lawsuit centers on overtime pay she believes she is due for going through security screenings.

Should unpaid interns have to put up with sexual harassment?

An east coast court recently ruled that unpaid interns are technically not considered employees. Therefore, they have no standing to sue for sexual harassment under that state's law. Every state, including Texas, has unpaid interns who spend hundreds of hours working for a company. Just because they receive no monetary compensation for their work, does that mean they should have to put up with sexual harassment?

Did Texas company fire worker just because she was pregnant?

A Texas woman is suing her former employer for terminating her employment while on maternity leave. In addition to her wrongful termination claim, the woman states that, while still at work, she was treated differently from other employees for training and development opportunities because of her pregnancy.

Texas self-defense class just one way to tackle sexual harassment

Texas women who worry about one day experiencing sexual harassment on the job, and especially those who are concerned that it could escalate to physical problems might want to check out a special self-defense class. The class is being underwritten by Texas A&M University and the local sheriff's office. The hope is that the course will help prevent women from sexual harassment and rape through information and self-defense movement techniques.

Texas EMS workers are not satisfied with new contract

Emergency medical workers in Austin-Travis County fought hard for a new contract, but a recent news report indicates that their new agreement lacks the one condition they really want – shorter weekly work hours. It is a case that highlights some of the difficulties of employment disputes, as workers are often forced to accept conditions imposed by their employers.

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