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July 2012 Archives

Texas college settles federal employment discrimination suit

After months of negotiations through a court-appointed mediator, a Forth Worth college has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that the institution discriminated against a professor because of her sexual orientation. Though the college continues to deny that workplace discrimination took place, as a result of the settlement, the claimant will receive $160,000.

Texas employees claim sex discrimination over unequal pay

American employers know or should know that it is illegal to discriminate against any worker based on their sex, race, color, religion, ethnic origin, age, disability or genetic information. This standard applies to state and federal government agencies as well as businesses in the private sector. But apparently, not all employers, even those in government, strive to follow these rules.

Texas Supreme Court ruling limits age discrimination suits

Based on a recent ruling by the Texas Supreme Court, an employee who believes they were fired based on age cannot sue if the worker that replaced them was older. The issue before the Supreme Court involved a 48-year-old secretary who was fired from a South Texas school and replaced by a 51-year-old. The former secretary alleged she was dismissed because of her age and filed an age discrimination suit against the school district.

BP settles sex discrimination suit for $5.4 million

The multinational petroleum company, BP, and some of its contractors have agreed to pay a $5.4 million settlement in response to a gender bias lawsuit. The sex discrimination claim was filed by a group of women who allege they were denied jobs in the aftermath of the company's 2010 oil spill due to their gender. The class-action suit included women from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

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