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Denied overtime pay, worker sues former employer

Employees working in the minimum wage range face job-related challenges that often would seem to necessitate the assistance of an attorney. However, many people in this labor force demographic are just trying to keep the electricity going and put food on the table. They may not feel that they ought to contact an attorney to work out their employment-related disputes no matter how valid these disputes are.

Austin-based employer faulted for English-only policy

Austin-based Whole Foods Market was hit with a discrimination complaint earlier this month. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed the complaint, accusing the grocer of discriminating against native Spanish speakers. The company’s English-only language policy is at the root of the problem. Employees have asserted that the company forced them to refrain from speaking Spanish while on the job. 

Texas woman accuses employer of gender discrimination

Gender discrimination has been outlawed in this country since 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or employment applicants on the basis of their gender. Nonetheless, unfortunately, employers here in San Antonio do sometimes allow gender discrimination to occur. Common types of illegal gender discrimination in the workplace include sexual harassment and paying women less than their male counterparts, or passing women up for promotions.

Restaurant failed to protect employee privacy, complaint alleges

Imagine suffering through a debilitating illness that requires frequent doctor's appointments, medication, and time off from work. Now imagine having to share at least some of those details with your boss in order to justify the time off. While employers may require a note from your doctor in order to give you the time off you need, they have a duty to protect your privacy.

Government settles OSHA whistleblower case

A former Occupational Health and Safety Administration employee has finally come to an agreement with the federal government over whistleblower retaliation allegations. The dispute went on for four years after the former record-keeping chief was fired after speaking with reporters about the agency's practice of allowing employers to under report injuries.

Texas employee says law firm isolated women

A Texas woman says that the law firm where she is a partner discriminated against women through a no-fraternization policy that prohibited men and women from working alone together and from socializing outside of the office. This resulted in professional disadvantages for the women at the firm, who were isolated.

Texas court says no to right to representative for state workers

The Texas Supreme Court has said no to extending the right to a union representative for state workers in meetings with managers. Under current federal laws, employee's right to "concerted activities" under the National Labor Relations Act allows federal and private-sector workers to have a union representative accompany them to meeting with management that could result in disciplinary actions.

Possible wrongful termination in child abuse reporting case

A former employee of nationwide retail chain DSW says that she was wrongfully terminated for violating a company policy after she reported an instance of possible child abuse by one of their customers. The woman called child protective services and provided the name and address of a customer that was obtained during the return process after a series of events in the store that caused her serious concern for a child's safety.

Texas coach accuses school of gender, race discrimination

A former track and field coach at the University of Texas says that the athletic department discriminated against her because of her gender and her race.

Jury awards $1.3 million in Texas age discrimination case

A local jury awarded a Texas woman a total of $1.3 million after a trial about the conditions surrounding her 2008 termination from her job with Jefferson County. The woman worked for the county as an administrator for the purchasing department for about one year before she was fired, which she claimed in her lawsuit was a result of age discrimination and retaliation.

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