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EEOC employment lawyers busy this month on employment discrimination (2017)

EEOC lawyers have had a busy September starting and settling employment discrimination lawsuits. The EEOC accepts charges of employment discrimination in Fort Worth and Dallas at the Dallas, Texas office. Employment lawyers in Texas represent employees in these types of employment discrimination lawsuits. The following is just the listing of the EEOC activity reported in …

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Are EEOC complaints confidential in Texas? Texas employment lawyer explains

Employees suffering employment discrimination often worry about the effects of reporting employment discrimination to the EEOC. This is especially true for employees who still work at the job where discrimination occurs. Retaliation for complaining about employment discrimination is a real and serious concern. This concern may lead workers to not contact the EEOC or an …

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EEOC mediation and lawsuit settlement amounts in Texas

EEOC mediations and lawsuits often end in settlement of claims for employment discrimination in Texas, including wrongful termination. An important question for many employees filing employment discrimination claims with the EEOC is what they can expect in a settlement. Many employment discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC in Dallas settle either in mediation with the …

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EEOC hits Dunkin Donuts franchise for $330k in sexual harassment suit

Last week the EEOC settled  a Title VII sexual harassment and retaliation suit against multiple Dunkin Donuts franchises. The $330,000 settlement, which covers multiple employees, includes a multi-year training and oversight provision to avoid similar events in the future. The EEOC press release describes the events alleged in the lawsuit as follows: Hillcrest Marshall violated federal law by …

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Texas Supreme Court to hear TCHRA preemption case

The Texas Supreme Court has accepted a case out of the Dallas Court of Appeals that will give the state’s highest court the opportunity to expand or narrow its preemption doctrine on employment discrimination claims brought under Texas law. In 2009 the Texas Supreme Court rendered its opinion in Waffle House v. Williams that held …

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Sex discrimination victims not always women

Last month the EEOC settled a sex discrimination lawsuit against restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday. The EEOC settled in the amount of $100,000. The suit alleged the employer discriminated against male employees by offering female employees more favorable employment opportunities. This case is a good example of gender discrimination against men. It breaks the stereotype that sex …

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Transgender Employees and Restrooms in Texas: Dallas sex discrimination lawyer reviews the issues

This week the media reported on a story regarding a transgender woman and a confrontation at a Planet Fitness location. (You can read the HuffPo story or the Fox News story.) Member Yvette Cormier complained at her local Planet Fitness that a transgender individual was in the women’s locker room. The company has a non-discrimination …

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Constructive Discharge and Supervisor Conduct in Texas: Fort Worth retaliation lawyer

When an employee claims an employer created a hostile work environment that resulted in a prohibited form of unlawful employment discrimination the employee must prove, among other things, that the employee suffered an adverse employment action. It is not enough that the employer was hostile towards the employee or that the employee found the workplace unpleasant. …

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Vocal Fry makes women less hirable. Is that employment discrimination?

A round of news articles published last week regarding a study conducted by Florida Atlantic University regarding what is called “vocal fry” and how it affects the perception of women in the employment context. If you’re not familiar with the term vocal fry, it’s the speech pattern by some women in which they talk in a …

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Halloween in the workplace? Keep yourself out of trouble. Dallas sexual harassment lawyer

It’s that time of year where employers throw Halloween parties and accept employees wearing Halloween costumes in the workplace. Halloween is a fun way to play dress up and pretend; but it’s also a really good way to create lasting problems in the workplace. Attorney Robin Shea writes about Halloween-related employment problems from the employer’s …

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EEOC Issues New Pregnancy Discrimination Act Guidance

Employment blogs were en fuego a couple weeks ago about the new Pregnancy Discrimination Act guidance from the EEOC. (It must have brought a lot of traffic to the EEOC. Their website crashed for a few days this week. I was unable to pull the new guidance to discuss it.) The guidance clarifies important interactions between …

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Social media and employment discrimination claims

A recent Pew Research poll indicates 73% of the U.S. population uses social media. It’s out there. There are so many social media outlets to choose from it’s difficult these days to find people not on multiple social media sites. Although Facebook may be suffering from a wave of withdrawal, other sites are maintaining their status …

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Dallas woman wins appeal on retaliation claim for complaining about sexual harassment

This Dallas employment retaliation case is best summed up in three letters: WTF? Not only are the facts of the case full of WTF; but the decision of our federal District of Northern Texas keeps up with the conduct of the alleged harassers. The lawsuit Royal v. CCC&R Tres Arboles, L.L.C. is a local Dallas decision on a significant legal …

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When can I sue for employment discrimination?

Texas and federal discrimination law prohibit only certain types of employment discrimination. An employee may file a charge of discrimination or lawsuit on employment discrimination only for a trait protected by law. If your employer takes action against your job or compensation then you must show the employer did so because you have a protected trait. The traits …

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Employment discrimination and job reinstatement

Often Texas employees who are victims of employment discrimination lose their jobs through either the employer’s direct efforts to terminate the employee or by the employer’s indirect efforts to harass the employee until he or she feels like there is no choice but to quit (this is known as constructive termination). In most cases, employees …

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Maternity leave rights in Texas: Fort Worth medical leave lawyer discusses

A common question for Texas employees is, “what rights do I have to maternity leave”? Under Texas law, employees have limited rights to maternity leave. Texas state law does not increase maternity leave rights beyond the rights protected under federal law. The rights to maternity leave come from the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family Medical …

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Twerking while working? Probably a bad idea in Texas.

If you have been anywhere near a TV, radio, computer, or even two cans tied to a string, you have heard about or seen Miley Cyrus’s performance at the VMA. Let’s dispense with the details about her performance. Miley Cyrus does not know how to twerk. If Miley Cyrus is your entire world of information …

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Naughty or Nice: Don’t Lose Your Job at the Holiday Party

Russell Cawyer, an attorney in Fort Worth, maintains an excellent employment law blog focusing on employer issues. Each winter he reposts a link to his list of key topics for employers to avoid creating bad situations at holiday parties. In light of his highly informative wish list for employers I wanted to write a complementary …

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Transgender employment discrimination in Texas–Dallas sex discrimination lawyer

Transgender people are part of the LGBTQI community but when discussing employment discrimination, transgendered employees are treated very differently. In Texas, sexual orientation is not protected against employment discrimination by federal or state law. Only a handful of cities in Texas have passed ordinances that prohibit sexual orientation as a motivation for employment discrimination. Transgender-based …

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EEOC misses on criminal background check discrimination lawsuit

Last month I blogged about the EEOC’s new employment discrimination priorities, including the EEOC’s focus on criminal background checks. The EEOC argues criminal background checks of job applicants results in an illegal, discriminatory employment practice. EEOC suggests there is a discriminatory impact on minorities when criminal background checks are not a job necessity. The EEOC made it a …

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