What federal discrimination protections apply to workers in Texas?

Garland, TX – The U.S. government through the EEOC provides a number of different protections to workers that apply in every state around the country [1]. In general terms, these are protections against any adverse action by the employer due to things like the worker’s race, gender, religion, or national origin. There are also related protections that apply to workers based on things like age, disability, and pregnancy or other medical issues. When violations occur, the person who was affected can report the problem to either a state or federal labor agency as well as meet with a labor lawyer for advice. 

What are protected classes?

Essentially every worker is a member of some kind of protected class under federal anti-discrimination laws based on their race, gender, and other characteristics. The employee cannot lose their position, suffer from wage discrimination, sexual harassment, unfair pay practices, or various other forms of mistreatment based on membership in a protected class. People with disabilities are also expected to receive reasonable accommodations to be able to complete their job duties, and a failure to provide them can also be considered a form of discrimination. Since 2008, there are also protections that prohibit workers from being discriminated against based on genetic information.

What actions can trigger enforcement?

The government has the authority to investigate and enforce these protections once certain illegal actions are taken by a workplace. Things that employers do which can be related to discriminatory motives include withholding pay or benefits, terminations or demotions, inappropriate advertising for open positions, unfair performance reviews or testing, and hiring decisions. There will also need to be some kind of tangible evidence that the employee was treated differently than others in a similar position based on these actions. Once the employee has made a complaint, whether it is judged to have merit or not, the employer cannot then take retaliatory measures against the person who filed the complaint, as this is illegal as well and it would deter workers from protecting their rights. 

Remedies for workers 

Once a worker is successful in their discrimination case, they may receive any unpaid wages, compensation for financial losses that were caused by the employer, and other types of damages that are related to the employer’s actions. 

Labor lawyers in Garland

Moore and Associates is a law firm that works with people who have issues with their employers in Texas. Their attorneys focus on unpaid wages, overtime law, sexual harrasment, and discrimination cases.

USAttorneys.com is a service that helps people find a local lawyer in their area. People who are searching for legal advice and representation can call 800-672-3103 to get connected with an attorney. 

Firm contact info:

Moore & Associates

440 Louisiana Street, Suite 675, Houston, TX 77002





  1. https://www.eeoc.gov/fact-sheet/federal-laws-prohibiting-job-discrimination-questions-and-answers
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