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City of Austin employee sues for gender discrimination

Austin Watershed Protection Department Managing Engineer Mapi Vigil, who worked for the City of Austin for close to 30 years, sued the city for gender discrimination. The lawsuit came after Vigil applied for an assistant director position but was passed over for a male candidate, despite her high performance reviews and years of loyalty.

Vigil filed an internal grievance with the city’s human resources department to complain about the promotion of a less-qualified male candidate. However, the grievance officer denied her complaint. Her supervisor then gave her a two-day suspension, threatened to fire her, and slapped her with a written reprimand for being disrespectful. After HR opened an investigation into allegations of unprofessional conduct made by her supervisor but ignored Vigil’s recording of her conservation with the supervisor, she filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Vigil’s case ended up going to court, where a grand jury awarded her $751,000 in compensation for the retaliation she faced.

You can hold your employers accountable for their unfair actions toward you by filing an employment lawsuit against them with the legal help of the attorneys at The Melton Law Firm. Call our Austin offices today to learn more at (512) 330-0017.

Culinaire International forced to pay in discrimination case

Dallas-based catering service Culinaire International has reached a settlement with the United States Department of Justice and agreed to pay $26,460 for allegedly discriminating against employees based on citizenship status, an article on Justice News Flash reported on September 3.

According to a report by The Daily Caller, Culinaire International allegedly mandated employees to produce additional, unnecessary proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.

Culinaire is also set to form a compensation fund to pay those who may have been economic victims of its actions, change its work eligibility verification process, and mandate its management to attend training and seminars on Immigration and Nationality Act anti-discrimination laws.

Any form of discrimination, when it directly interferes with the prospects of an employee to grow in his workplace, is unlawful. If you have experienced this in Austin or other areas of Texas, enlist the legal help of our attorneys at the The Melton Law Firm by calling our offices at (512) 330-0017 today.

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 to choosing to approach your work with a positive attitude, investing in healthy relationships with co-workers can give you a sense of fulfillment from going to work. Another factor that can improve your work experience is keeping healthy snacks around. Nutritious foods can not only improve your overall health, they can also improve your focus and productivity. Though these considerations may seem like very small choices, committing to them can have an incredibly positive impact on your overall wellness.

Despite efforts to make your work experience positive, you may be experiencing problems due to co-worker hostility, discrimination, or an array of other factors, and you should not deal with these difficult issues alone. An Austin employment lawyer at the The Melton Law Firm is ready to fight on your behalf when you face wrongful treatment at your workplace. To learn about options available to you, call our office today at (512) 330-0017.

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