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Supreme Court rules CHRA sole state discrimination remedy

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Human Resources

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that employees who want to sue for most kinds of employment discrimination under Texas state law must use the provisions of the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (CHRA).

Specifically, they can’t sue under the Texas Whistleblower Act in an effort to sidestep the CHRA’s rather complex procedures or miss its short filing deadlines.

Recent case:
Robert Lopez worked for the city of Waco as chief plumbing inspector until he was transferred to a job in the plumbing code enforcement division. The city said it was because of his poor attitude, but Lopez suspected age and race discrimination. When he filed a grievance with the city’s EEO officer, he was transferred back to his original job.

But Lopez was terminated a few months later after he allegedly drove a city vehicle from Waco to Austin without permission.

A little over a month later, Lopez sued Waco under the Whistleblower Act...(register to read more)

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