Discrimination still occurs in the workplace. Sometimes it’s people who find it difficult to treat other people with respect. Sometimes it’s people not realizing the effect of their actions on others. This is true not only of more recently acknowledged and prohibited forms of discrimination, such as disability discrimination, but also of traditionally visible forms of discrimination such as racial or sexual discrimination. If you experienced employment discrimination in Texas then you should work with an employment discrimination attorney to protect your job and pursue any claims you may have for that discrimination.
Employment lawyers help clients with employment discrimination claims in Texas from consulting with clients to prevent a bad situation from becoming worse to representing them in claims against an employer. If you believe you have a claim for employment discrimination then you should schedule a consultation with an employment attorney ASAP. Many employment discrimination claims have short statutes of limitation in which you must act to preserve a claim. Talk to a Texas employment discrimination lawyer right away.
Employment discrimination in Texas
We may have succeeded in taking down the window signs advertising jobs along with warnings of “no blacks”; but that doesn’t mean the discrimination is over. Discrimination sometimes still occurs, although hiring decisions that discriminate occur behind closed doors. Sometimes the discrimination is still obvious: black employees still find nooses at work, women still openly groped and propositioned. We have come a long way to ban workplace discrimination but we still have ways to go.
There are also forms of employment discrimination more recently prohibited where the laws are still taking shape. Specifically, these newer prohibitions include disability discrimination and genetic information (such as genetic diseases) discrimination. Both of these areas have been fleshed out since the late eighties but seek to prohibit discrimination for those innate mental and physical qualities that for a long time kept disabled people from equal treatment in the workplace. These more recent prohibitions are the result of hard work by movements to protect civil rights of various groups.
Forms of employment discrimination in Texas
Some forms of employment discrimination are not illegal. Some for reasonable reasons and others because we have yet to recognize the unreasonableness. Employment discrimination laws prohibit discrimination on innate qualities, such as race, sex, religion and so forth. We will probably never reach a point where we prohibit discrimination on attributes like height or hair color because these tend to produce minimal negative effects in the workplace. However, we may see prohibitions on workplace discrimination in other areas such as transgender rights. There’s even a possibility of someday prohibiting discrimination based on obesity but that is far less likely than a more prominent (and very real) impairment of employment opportunities to transgender individuals.