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Gender Discrimination
December 19, 2015
Austin workplace discrimination lawsuits and women

A group of Austin women recently attempted to determine if female employees in the city file more workplace discrimination lawsuits than men, so they filed an open records request earlier this year to find out. Their efforts attracted the attention of Council Member Kathie Tovo, who then became involved in the group’s efforts. In October, […]

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December 1, 2015
Professor sues Tyler Junior College for employment discrimination

Tyler, Texas professor Richard Tabu has filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, November 18 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Tyler Junior College, claiming that the school is guilty of employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the lawsuit, Tyler started working as a full professor in the […]

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Wrongful termination
November 24, 2015
Daycare employees terminated from their posts claim violation of religious liberties

Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt, who both work at the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Houston, Texas, said during a press conference on Tuesday, November 10 that they were terminated from their posts earlier this month because they did not follow the wishes of the parents of a six-year-old girl who goes to that particular daycare […]

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Wage Violation
October 25, 2015
Conditions for automotive employees declined in past ten years

Workers in the automotive industry are earning less in September of 2015 than they were just ten years ago, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. For instance, almost 40,000 employees of Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are on the brink of a permanent strike – a mass resignation – […]

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Disability Discrimination
October 14, 2015
Texas company facing lawsuit over wrongful termination

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division against Austin’s Park N Pizza, a Pflugerville-based amusement park, after the company terminated an employee based on his intellectual disabilities without attempting to provide any accommodations. According to the legal complaint filed […]

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Disability discrimination lawsuit
October 9, 2015
Woman says Verizon fired her for taking off work after her babies died

New Jersey resident Marybeth Walz, who had worked as an executive at Bedminster, New Jersey-based Verizon Wireless for 17 years, has recently filed a lawsuit against the telecommunications company in Massachusetts, claiming that the company denied to give her maternity leave payment, and then terminated her employment contract after she took extra days off from […]

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Wrongful termination
September 18, 2015
Landry’s restaurant files petition to arbitrate wrongful termination suit

Houston, Texas-based restaurant chain Landry’s Inc. has filed a plea of abatement on June 25, 2015 to abate a wrongful termination claim filed by Houston resident and former Landry’s employee Joseph Hoffman on April 9, 2015 in Jefferson County District Court, which, according to Hoffman, was a retaliatory action for a workers’ compensation benefit claim […]

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Employment Law
September 2, 2015
Company found not liable for employee attacking supervisor

A Texas Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas affirmed the decision made by the 149th District Court in Angleton to grant a staffing company’s motion for summary judgement, ruling that a workers’ compensation nonsubscriber is not liable for negligence. Ramiro Najera, the plaintiff, performed responsibilities such as fumigating packaged rice and collecting garbage and dead […]

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Sexual harassment
August 20, 2015
Gender Discrimination Suit Filed Against City of Austin

A member of the Austin police force is suing the city for gender discrimination. The officer filing the complaint, Aaron Van Bishop, took legal action after his supervisors allegedly ignored his complaints that he was being sexually harassed by a female co-worker. The co-worker in question, Brenda Bermudez, filed a lawsuit herself last year claiming […]

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Wrongful termination lawsuit
July 31, 2015
Uber driver terminated after pulling gun on passenger in defense

Uber driver Deven Garza said that he was fired after he brandished a firearm to protect himself from a passenger who was trying to attack him in Austin, Texas. Garza, a concealed handgun licensing and former military policeman, joined Uber in May 2015. According to reports, he picked up a couple at Uncle Gary’s Bar in Pflugerville on Monday, […]

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