Discrimination and Harassment

In the State of Texas and throughout the United States you have the right to work free of discrimination and harassment. Prohibited forms of discrimination and harassment include discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s race, color, national origin, gender/sex, pregnancy, age, religion, and disability.  Laws making discrimination and harassment illegal in the workplace include:

Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code and Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

  • Makes it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  • This law provides protections to employees who are 40 or older.
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • Prohibits workplace discrimination based upon an individual’s physical or mental disability.
  • This law also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental disability of an otherwise qualified individual.
The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)
  • This law makes it illegal to pay different wages to men and women if they perform the same work in the same workplace.

These laws prohibit discrimination in every aspect of employment.  Some of the more common issues include:

  • Failure to hire;
  • Failure to promote;
  • Failure to provide adequate training;
  • Hostile work environment;
  • Differences in compensation and benefits;
  • Failure to accommodate a disability;
  • Unwarranted discipline, write-ups or suspensions; and
  • Wrongful termination

Many of the laws prohibiting workplace discrimination and harassment provide individuals with the ability to pursue a claim for monetary damages, including back pay, front pay and compensatory damages for the mental anguish and stress caused by the discrimination or harassment.  The laws also provide individuals the ability to seek equitable relief (e.g. reinstatement following an unlawful termination) to help correct any unlawful employment practice.

Caycedo Law, P.C. is experienced in handling claims of discrimination and harassment.  If you feel you have been subjected discrimination or harassment, or if you are just seeking advice and counsel regarding your rights, contact our office to schedule an appointment.