Texas employers who abide by the employment discrimination provisions of the federal Civil Rights Act (Title VII) are likely to be safe under the state law, too.
That’s because the Texas Labor Code provisions on discrimination based on sex, age, national origin, disability, color, pregnancy, religion and race are identical to the requirements under the federal Title VII law.
The Texas provisions parallel the federal ones, including the number of employees needed before an employer becomes covered under a specific law. For most job discrimination laws, that number is 15 employees. For age discrimination, the number of employees needed is 20. There is no Texas equivalent of the federal Act, which requires 50 employees before an employer is covered.
Note: For details on the main federal job discrimination laws, go to www.eeoc.gov.
Excerpted from Texas' 10 Most Critical Employment Laws, a special bonus report available to subscribers of HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law.