The HR Specialist: Texas Employment Law

One of the quickest ways to get into reference trouble is to agree to provide information on a former employee and then offer up incorrect or misleading statements. Giving a favorable reference on a former employee who performed (or behaved) poorly can be extremely risky …

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When it comes to discrimination lawsuits, the earlier they are dismissed, the better. That’s one reason you don’t want to give a judge any incentive to send a case to a jury. Of course, deviating from your own company rules is one of those things that often leads judges to order a jury trial …

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Public employees have some rights that other employees may not. One of those is the right to speak out on matters of public importance without being punished. But that right isn’t available to employees performing their official duties …

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A recent 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision makes one thing clear: Employees and their lawyers are always looking for novel ways to sue employers—and sometimes state law gives them additional ways to do just that …

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Managers of the Razzoo’s Cajun Café chain of 11 restaurants in Texas and North Carolina thought they had hit on a surefire way to build bar business: Make sure 80% of their bartenders were women. One factor they failed to consider: The EEOC takes a dim view of such hiring quotas …

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Good news for employers carrying various types of liability coverage: A Texas Court of Appeals has sided with an employer that attempted to collect on a liability policy after it lost a $1.75 million defamation judgment …

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Defense contractor Vought Aircraft recently agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by more than 1,000 job applicants. The settlement comes as a result of charges brought by the DOL that the aircraft parts manufacturer discriminated against minorities and women in hiring …

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Arlington Host Corp., which formerly owned and operated the BallPark Inn in Arlington, settled a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit for $20,000 brought by the EEOC on behalf of a front-desk clerk who was pregnant when she lost her job …

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In February 2008, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel issued two guideline memoranda outlining the board’s rationale in two recent decisions concerning “union salting.” Salting is a strategy in which union supporters apply for employment in a nonunion workplace. The goal is to unionize that company’s work force …

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Q. What are “seasonal employees"? Is it true that an employer does not have to pay them overtime? …

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