Texas workplace discrimination is on the rise

On behalf of Alfonso Kennard of Kennard Law, P.C. posted in Workplace Discrimination on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

It is an unfortunate fact that no matter how many rules are set in place, there is going to be someone who refuses to follow them. This is something that is occurring more frequently in Texas with workplace discrimination. Workplace discrimination is illegal and is not acceptable in Texas and across the nation. Some individuals are discriminated because of their age, religion, race and more.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released their report from 2013 relating to discrimination and harassment in the workplace. There were more than 9,000 charges last year. This is a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

One of the vice presidents at The Network believes that there are certain factors that have caused this increase. He believes that employees do not receive the proper training relating to workplace discrimination and harassment. Aware.org conducted a study that found that 66 percent of employees aren't familiar with their company's policy regarding these events.

Employers should do their due diligence to keep their employees safe while at work. This goes far beyond work injuries, especially with these events currently on the rise. One thing employers can do is actually have a classroom training explaining workplace harassment and discrimination and the penalties that come with disobeying the company's policy.

Texas employers are expected to create and maintain a fair environment for their employees and ensure that no form of discrimination is being conducted. However, companies often neglect to do this, resulting in a legal claim against the employer on behalf of the employee. This can hold an employer responsible for subjecting their workplace to such prejudice while potentially awarding the victim financial reimbursement for lost wages, lost opportunity and other related damages.