The Civil Rights Act of 1991 is an incredibly important piece of U.S. legislation that gives certain protections and abilities to employees involved in discrimination cases. One of the rights granted by this statute is that the party that was discriminated against is eligible for financial compensation should they prove that the discrimination they experienced was deliberate on the part of the defendant.
Texas may not have steel mills like Pittsburgh and Indiana, but a religious discrimination claim can be filed in any of the United States. A Christian man was hired to work in the steel mill under the condition that he would not be required to work consecutive Sundays. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported that the company forced the man to choose between working his Sunday shift or losing his employment, and he was ultimately terminated. The man only worked two weeks for the company before they refused to attempt to accommodate as required by federal law.
In 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dealt with 25,742 complaints that involved employees who were discriminated against because of a disability. The EEOC is the agency that enforces federal legislation and regulation regarding discrimination in the workplace.
While the specialty clothing retailer Wet Seal claims that they are an "equal opportunity employer," the allegations they face from a wave of employees say otherwise. Three employees have filed a lawsuit against the company after they were let go due to a "policy and practice" of discrimination.
The Corpus Christi, Texas police department (and the city itself) has come under fire recently for hiring practices that seem to violate employment discrimination laws. If true, the violations could also make the city and police department liable in a discrimination lawsuit, one that could give the victims a chance at compensatory awards.
After three years of being battered with insults and derogatory comments that wore on her mentally and emotionally, a woman who was fired in 2008 has won a $5 million award through a discrimination lawsuit against her former employers, AT&T.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the controversy surrounding a hospital in Victoria, Texas. For those who haven't heard about it, the hospital has enforced for more than a year a policy that prohibits the hiring of anyone with a body mass index of more than 35. While many are outraged at the concept, the policy is not necessarily illegal. And a recent study shows that Texas is not alone in the discriminatory practices against overweight workers.
Employers in Texas violate the law if they base decisions against hiring someone on race, age or religion. Someone who is a victim of such workplace discrimination is eligible to pursue a legal claim for just compensation. If a prospective employee is overweight, however, there's no law against a business denying them a position.