The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

Make sure that you punish similar transgressions fairly and equally. That’s especially true for serious rules violations. A pattern of punishing one protected class more severely than another is sure to lead to litigation.

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Houston-based Lawler Foods will pay $1,042,000 to settle charges it discriminated against applicants who aren’t of Hispanic origin. Three black applicants filed discrimination charges after Lawler refused to hire them.

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Here are some of the highlights from the OSHA head’s chat with the oil and gas servicing industry.

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Telling workers to eat lunch while driving doesn’t convert that travel time into an unpaid lunch break.

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Using a group to make hiring or firing decisions can increase the probability that some illegal, discriminatory factor will influence the process.

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Employers facing Equal Pay Act claims have a basic defense: That pay differentials an employee says are based on sex are actually the result of other factors.

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Former employees generally have just 300 days to file an EEOC complaint alleging that their firing amounted to a discriminatory act. But, under some circumstances, that time period can be extended.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 28 in a case that asks if an employer can recover attorneys’ fees it spent successfully defending itself against a frivolous EEOC lawsuit.

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A city in Texas has asked a federal judge to dismiss a race discrimination suit filed by a black police lieutenant who heads a group of minority police officers.

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Q. One of our employees notified us that he will need to take leave under the FMLA. Can we require employees to give us more advance notice?

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