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.
Employers have the legal authority to create and enforce dress codes for their employees. However, there are limits on what they can require.
In a previous post, we discussed whether an employer has the right to force their employees to get a flu shot. The answer, in short, is that an employer may enforce a flu shot policy, but employees have the right to opt out of getting a flu shot if:
Influenza represents a serious public health concern each year. The disease is highly contagious and can spread through the air. Therefore, just being in the same vicinity as someone who has the flu can put you at risk of infection.
The holiday season is upon us. In many workplaces, this is a time of year when employees are given the opportunity to take a well-deserved break from their work and celebrate the season with their colleagues.
Many of us have made the three-hour trek west from Houston to get to Austin, one of the best music cities in America. But a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Austin fire cadet might have the capital of Texas singing the blues.
The gender gap in pay between women and men is well documented. Despite continued attention to the problem, the data says there is still a long way to go. In a recent report by the World Economic Forum, it says that it would take one hundred sixty-eight years to even the field at the current rate, as the Boston Globe reports.
Last week, the music streaming service Spotify came under attack, with allegations of systematic gender discrimination within the company’s U.S. sales team. The plaintiff, Hong Perez, was a sales executive at Spotify. She has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of New York, alleging gender discriminatory behavior by numerous high-ranking executives within the organization.
Different laws control the relationships between employers and employees. They exist at local, state and federal levels and have built up over many years. Meantime, the ways in which we engage with each other is changing all the time, with social media platforms being the most recent.
There's a line in the Bible that reads, "Physician, heal thyself." Friedrich Nietzsche took it a bit further by adding: "then wilt though also heal thy patient." The context in which the advice was offered is understood to apply to looking out for the well-being of your neighbor. That is, you can't adequately look out for others if you don't first look out for yourself.