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New rule deprives app-based workers of unemployment benefits

Workers’ rights advocates in Texas expressed outrage in late March over a new rule crafted by the Texas Workforce Commission. The rule makes it easier for companies that provide app-based services to treat their workers as independent contractors – meaning they will not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits.

How Texas cities are protecting LGBTQ workers

In Texas, if you lose your job because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, the city you live in can have a huge effect on your options. Neither federal nor Texas state laws explicitly make LGBTQ folks a protected class. If you were fired due to your race, religion or age, it would be much easier to challenge your termination in court.

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