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Gender Discrimination
September 5, 2014
UT prohibits faculty/student relationships

University of Texas regents recently passed new regulations that prohibit relationships between employees and students, 18 months after two of its coaches were revealed to have engaged in sexual activity with student athletes, the Houston Chronicle reported on August 22. According to a press release from the UT System Board of Regents, the amendments prohibit even consensual relationships between […]

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Wrongful termination lawsuit
September 3, 2014
Appeals court finds for plaintiff in retaliatory firing suit, reversing lower court finding

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans recently reversed a district court decision in a lawsuit regarding Title VII religious discrimination and retaliation claims in a suit filed by plaintiff Lois Davis against Fort Bend County, Texas. According to court reports, Davis started working as a desktop support supervisor for Fort Bend in […]

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August 22, 2014
Permian employee fired for refusing to commit a crime

Donald Austin filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination against Texas-based oil and gas drilling manufacturer Permian Tank & Manufacturing, Permian Holdings, Lide Industries, and Lide employee Dennis Pusser on August 6 for allegedly firing him after he refused to join in the company’s pollution violations and cover-up, Courthouse News Service reported on August 7. PermianLide apparently contaminated ground […]

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Austin age discrimination attorneys
July 25, 2014
APD officers file race, age discrimination suit against city

Around eighteen Austin police officers have filed a lawsuit against the city for alleged race and age discrimination. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the police officers, aged 40 years old and above and mostly black or Hispanic, were reassigned from their former post as members of APD’s organized crime division in 2013 to various posts that ranged […]

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Employment Law
July 23, 2014
Positive work experience promotes overall wellness

An article recently released by the Austin Daily Herald discussed the positive impact that a healthy work environment can have on any given employee’s mental and physical well-being. Since many people spend a large majority of their time working, it is important to have a positive view regarding your place of work and co-workers. In addition […]

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June 24, 2014
Hagemeyer ex-salesman sues company for alleged age discrimination

Harris County resident Odell Hyden sued Hagemeyer North America, Inc., an electrical materials and industrial products distributor, over claims that he was terminated from his position as salesman because of his age, the Southeast Texas Record reported on June 9. The civil lawsuit, citing age discrimination, was filed in the Southern District Court of Texas […]

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Employment Law
May 30, 2014
Texas Subway franchise sued for mandating payroll on prepaid debit cards

A Central Texas Subway franchise owner, Destiny Foods, currently faces a class action lawsuit filed by one of its employees, Jake Branson, for allegedly mandating employees to accept their paycheck via prepaid debit cards that accrue costly fees, FindLaw reported on May 25. Branson said the franchise sent the employees a memo in April 2014 that told them […]

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Hostile Work Environment
May 22, 2014
Man who sued Microsoft for wrongful termination awarded $11.6M

A civil jury in Austin, Texas found software giant and Fortune 100 company Microsoft liable for employment discrimination based on wrongful discharge and ordered the company to pay $11.6 million to senior sales executive Michael Merceica, who was found to have been the victim of a vindictive ex-girlfriend who was also his boss. The three-year court […]

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