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Jul 21, 2015
The Austin Police Department faces unpaid overtime investigation

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the Austin Police Department over allegations of unpaid overtime, a matter that the police union expects to result in a lawsuit, according to Officer.com on July 10. According to documents released by the Austin American-Statesman, Austin police officers regularly show up early to work in order […] Read More

Jul 7, 2015
Six sue Lake Charles Wal-Mart for wrongful termination

Six plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart in Lake Charles, Louisiana, claiming they were wrongfully terminated based on their race and age, despite their long-term experience working for the company, Market Watch reported on June 26. Ironically, the lawsuit was filed days after Wal-Mart decided to pull out all products containing the Confederate flag from its shelves […] Read More

Jun 10, 2015
Abercrombie found guilty of discrimination for not hiring woman who wears hijab

Earlier this month, the United States Supreme Court found in favor of Samantha Elauf who filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against retail company Abercrombie & Fitch for not hiring her when she was 17 because she wore a hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women. In the ruling penned by Justice Antonin Scalia, it was noted that […] Read More

May 27, 2015
Texas court rejects wrongful termination suit of football coach

The appeal claim of wrongful termination by Michael Charles “Mike” Leach against Texas Tech University was recently rejected by the Texas Supreme Court, according to NBC DFW on May 9. The 7th Texas Court of Appeals sided with the lower court in November 2014. The Supreme Court’s denial of Leach’s appeal on May 1 upholds those […] Read More

May 18, 2015
Former credit union branch manager sues over wrongful termination

Sugarland, Texas resident Roxanne Johnson, who worked as a branch manager at Texas Dow Employees Credit Union’s Rosenberg location beginning in 1996, filed a lawsuit against the company with claims of racial discrimination against her in 2014, the Southeast Texas Record reported on April 30. The complaint stipulates that Johnson received positive performance reviews during her tenure as branch manager […] Read More

Apr 21, 2015
Hung jury in Jefferson County over racial discrimination case

The trial of a former employee of American Valve and Hydrant Manufacturing who was seeking punitive damages for racial discrimination and retaliation ended in mistrial on April 6, the Southeast Texas Record reported. African-American Dennis Dumes said his former employer, American Cast Iron Pipe and American Valve, failed to promote him over the course of […] Read More

Apr 13, 2015
Transgender man settles case against AT&T for undisclosed amount

Transgender man Matthew Hileman and his former employer, multinational telecommunications corporation AT&T, Inc., and the city of San Antonio, Texas have settled the lawsuit Hileman lodged against the latter two for an undisclosed amount 15 months after he first filed the case. According to Hileman’s complaint, back in 2014, he asked to be reassigned to another […] Read More

Mar 31, 2015
Texas Roadhouse versus EEOC in age discrimination lawsuit

Restaurant chain Texas Roadhouse is currently battling a lawsuit lodged against it by the Obama administration in the form of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over allegations of age discrimination, the Hill reported on March 23. Republicans on the House of Representatives education and workforce committee held a hearing on March 24 to address […] Read More

Mar 18, 2015
Supreme Court may side with plaintiff in case versus Abercrombie

Although the United States Supreme Court has yet to give its final ruling over a workplace discrimination case disputing religious freedoms, the group so far appears to be agreeing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during the oral arguments that took place on February 25, the Hill reported. The plaintiff is Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim […] Read More

Feb 24, 2015
Religious truck driver terminated from his post

Rio Grande Valley, Texas resident and veteran truck driver Ramiro Olivarez claimed he was fired from his position as a truck driver by his employer, Falfurrias-based On Point Services, for repeatedly writing “Jesus” as the name of his co-pilot, the Daily Mail reported on February 14. The company uses this paperwork to validate performance records. […] Read More

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