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May 2012 Archives

Texas dockworkers win age discrimination lawsuit

In the workplace, seniority should garner respect, not ridicule. But for eight Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, dockworkers, age made them targets for employment discrimination. Each man was 50 or older when fired from his job in 2007. Some of the dockworkers had been employed with the freight company for more than 20 years.

Texans report highest occurrence of workplace discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that Texas led the country in the frequency of employment discrimination claims in 2011. Of all the complaints the EEOC investigated last year, 10 percent were filed in Texas.

Proposed whistleblower law could protect federal employees

Dallas, Texas, is home to a large population of federal employees. While the majority of government operations run lawfully, it is not unheard of that a federal agency engages in wrongdoing. When federal employees learn of government abuses, most feel obligated to report the relevant information to the proper authorities. However, many would-be whistleblowers may not disclose what they know for fear of disciplinary action or dismissal.

EEOC changes offer more protection to former criminals

Job seekers in Dallas, Texas, and throughout the country may face difficulty finding employment if they have criminal convictions in their past. Luckily, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidelines on the practice of criminal background checks by employers. The EEOC was concerned that these checks lead to employment discrimination against minority individuals who have higher rates of criminal convictions than whites.

Dallas Men Accuse IHOP of Employment Discrimination

A group of Dallas, Texas, area men recently filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit, claiming they were fired from the IHOP restaurant chain because of their Muslim beliefs and Arab backgrounds. In the lawsuit the men stated that over a period of several years, IHOP owners directed a number of discriminatory comments toward them that belittled their religious beliefs and national origins, despite the men's' status as American citizens. The men allege they were fired from their jobs because the IHOP owners wanted non-Arab workers, even though all four men had records of positive performance evaluations.

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