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.
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.
Although many Texas workers believe that wage discrimination is only a women's issue, there is evidence to suggest that many different groups of workers are at risk for experiencing unequal pay issues. These groups include older workers, workers with disabilities and men.
Executives in Texas companies face a unique set of concerns when facing workplace discrimination on the job. High-level employees are the subject of a significant debate regarding their own status in the employment discrimination context.
Contracts are a way to protect the interests of your Texas business, and it can be a threat to your financial well-being when the other party violates the terms of your agreement.