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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 what they call a problem that has been plaguing the EEOC. The group believes that the EEOC has been filing suits against businesses that did not stem from any complaint.

Texas Roadhouse chief executive officer and founder W. Kent Taylor said the agency is targeting his company and noted that it should “explain to Congress why it chases no-complaint cases when there are over 70,000 cases of racial and other complaints of discrimination that are back-logged on and not acted on.”

If you have suffered from discrimination in your workplace based in Austin or other areas in Texas, our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm may represent your rights and interests against the people or parties who caused you to suffer. Call our offices at (512) 330-0017 to learn more about pursuing a claim.


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 who claims she was denied employment as a worker at an Abercrombie & Fitch Kids store in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008 because at the time of her application, she had donned a black headscarf called a “hijab,” which Abercrombie says is not in accordance with their “look policy.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the prospective employer should ask the potential employee if he or she has a problem with the look policy – not immediately dismiss them or refuse them the opportunity for employment.

The EEOC argued that Abercrombie’s refusal to accommodate Elauf’s religious beliefs was in violation of the Civil Rights Act, specifically Title VII.

New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie, on the other hand, was of the opinion that Elauf failed to inform the hiring managers of the conflicting interest and that letting her stay in the company would saddle the company with an undue burden.

The case was lifted to the Supreme Court after the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Abercrombie. Prior to that, a federal district court sided with the EEOC.

Contact our attorneys today at The Melton Law Firm by calling (512) 330-0017 if you have an employment issue in Austin or other areas in Texas that you need our legal help with.


Female bosses face greater stress than male counterparts

A new study entitled, “Gender, Job Authority, and Depression,” which will be published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, revealed that women who work in higher authority posts are more prone to exhibiting signs of depression than their male counterparts.

Co-written by Tetyana Pudrovska and Amelia Karraker, sociologist from the University of Texas at Austin and assistant professor at the Iowa State University, the study took into account data from the past 50 years. As women are elevated into higher workplace positions, they are more likely to face harmful stereotypes and experience greater challenges to their authority.

Pudrovska said the study highlights societal and cultural forces that remain prevalent despite an effort to create greater gender equality in the workplace.

Our attorneys at the The Melton Law Firm in Austin, handle employment concerns, including discrimination in the workplace based on gender. If you believe you have a case, contact our offices at (512) 330-0017 today to learn about your legal options.


AT&T dealer violated employees’ wage rights

The United States Department of Labor reported on October 23 that AT&T Prime Communications, an authorized dealer for AT&T wireless communication plans and products, must pay $122,254 in back wages to roughly 255 former and current employees after the Labor department investigated it for alleged wage violations.

According to the department, the company violated wage regulations by not including commissions earned by hourly paid employees when computing for overtime pay.

Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Labor department’s wage and hour division in the Southwest, said that the Fair Labor Standards Act has been in place for 75 years, and all employers should have been fully aware of the regulations. The FLSA offers many protections for the rights of workers, including overtime, minimum wage, and accurate record-keeping.

AT&T Prime Communications operates 385 outlets in 17 states.

If you believe your employer has violated your rights in any way, contact the attorneys at the The Melton Law Firm in Austin today by calling (512) 330-0017 to learn about your legal options.


Supreme Court to hear Abercrombie & Fitch religious discrimination case

The United States Supreme Court will be hearing a religious discrimination case against retailer Abercrombie & Fitch next term, Texas Public Radio reported on October 2.

According to Bloomberg, 17-year-old Samantha Elauf applied for a sales job at an Abercrombie store in 2008. Although the assistant manager scored her style points high enough to be hired, the manager’s supervisor claimed that the head scarf did not meet Abercrombie’s look policy, and Elauf was not hired.

A district court ruled that Elauf was discriminated against, but an appeals court reversed that decision. This is not the first religious discrimination case that Abercrombie & Fitch has faced. In 2013, the company fired an employee who wore a hijab and allegedly did not adequately conform to the store’s style policy.

If your employer has engaged in any discriminatory behavior towards you in Austin, the experienced employment law attorneys at the The Melton Law Firm may help you fight back. Call our offices at (512) 330-0017 today to learn more.


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 and water with pollutants, and Austin refused to participate in covering this up; he claimed he would have violated the Clean Water Act. Austin also asserted that Pusser, his superior, assaulted him during their confrontation, and that the company refuses to return several power tools Austin owns.

Under state and federal law, Texas employees have protection under labor and employment laws. If you are working in Texas and you believe your rights as an employee are being undermined, call the Austin-based attorneys of The Melton Law Firm at (512) 330-0017, and learn how we can help you pursue legal action.


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 Houston Division on May 30. Hyden said in his complaint that he was a salesman at Hagemeyer for over 50 years, but in recent years, he was subjected to negative remarks regarding his age from his supervisors until he was fired from his job on April 3, 2013. His employer fired him for supposed poor performance.

Wrongful termination, which can be characterized by unlawful discrimination, retaliation, or constructive discharge, is punishable by law. Talk to our lawyers at the Austin-based The The Melton Law Firm if you are experiencing a similar situation by dialing (512) 330-0017, and learn how we may advocate for you.

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