Employment Discrimination in Texas
Federal, State and local laws protect you from unlawful acts at work, including wrongful termination. The Texas Workforce Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provide a means of pursing claims of discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age (over 40), and disability.
Often when people are treated differently at work, the response is usually to just work harder or find out ways to progress. In this time of the #metoo and #timesup movements, workers are becoming more aware of their rights and the importance of speaking up.
Title VII of the Equal Rights Act of 1964 is the federal law that protects you from being treated differently based on your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age or disability. State, county and local rules may provide even more protection. For example, in the Fort Worth city ordinance also provides protection from discrimination based on “sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity or gender expression in any manner” in Section 17-67 of the City Ordinances:
§ 17-67 DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any covered entity to discriminate against any individual because of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity or gender expression in any manner involving employment, including the recruitment of applicants for employment, advertising, hiring, layoff, recall, termination of employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, employment classification, training and selection for training or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment.