Texas mothers may have noticed a more open policy in society regarding pregnant women in the workplace. More employers are offering longer leaves related to pregnancy and childbirth. They are also offering lactation rooms for nursing mothers. However, pregnancy can still adversely affect some female workers.
Texas readers may be well aware of the fact that women are frequently penalized in the workplace for becoming mothers. On the other hand, studies show that men with families are seen as favorable hires by those who make hiring decisions. For some, men with a family are viewed as reliable, according to researchers. However, this same body of research indicates that men may be penalized if they take paternity leave or time off to spend time with their families.
A Texas man is suing his former employer over alleged discrimination and harassment in the workplace. In the suit against Ampco Products LLC, the Denton County man says the company allowed an environment in which he was harassed and humiliated because of his disability. The action was filed on March 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The former employee is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in addition to costs and fees.
A company is being sued by a Texas employee for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Denton County resident claims that he was wrongfully discharged after being employed with Ampco Products Co. from Aug. 7 to Nov. 30, 2012. According to reports, the employee was harassed and humiliated because of his disability, the nature of which was not reported.
On March 12, a court in southern Texas ruled that a man employed by a major tax accounting firm may have been discriminated against when he was fired in 2011. The original lawsuit alleged that, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the company was motivated to terminate the man's employment because a car accident had left him disabled.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of a 54-year-old Texas resident from Keller. The man, who worked as a manager for Wal-Mart, says that he was discriminated against and ultimately fired because of his age and disability. The man was diagnosed with diabetes after he began working for Wal-Mart.
A recent survey by the National Partnership for Women & Families revealed that most women continue to work while they are pregnant. An astonishing number of employers do not accommodate their needs before or after giving birth. While the Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers to provide time off to employees who have health issues and are pregnant, the letter of the law is not always followed.
Discrimination in Texas workplaces can come in multiple forms. In many cases, the mere act of an employer to fail to provide reasonable accommodations for a disabled employee might constitute employment discrimination. This is what one former Radio Shack store manager in Houston is claiming after he was injured in a robbery.
Officials in Swisher County are embroiled in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who says she was fired in retaliation for a series of events that resulted in criminal charges against her employer. The woman claims she faced discrimination for taking family leave to cope with job-related stress and a child's illness.
When Congress amended the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2008, it was clear that the law would be broadly interpreted to cover a wide range of disabilities, specifically addressing mental illness, among other conditions. However, the Fifth Circuit Court recently affirmed a lower court's decision that depression does not qualify as a disability in a Texas man's employee discrimination case.