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DOJ takes position that Title VII does not protect gay workers

Employers in Texas and around the country are prohibited from discriminating based on race, religion, color, race or national origin by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but a contentious legal debate has raged in recent years over whether or not these protections should be expanded to cover gay workers. While President Obama made clear during his two terms in office that he believed that gay workers should be protected by the landmark law, Congress and the federal courts have generally been reluctant to act on the issue.

Increase in 80/20 rule enforcement

Waitstaff and servers in Texas restaurants may wish to play close attention to the 80/20 rule related to tip credit for minimum wage employees. In many places across the the country, restaurants are experiencing an increase in lawsuits related to violations of the rule, and more jurisdictions are beginning to uphold the rule in court.

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