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New FAQ on Houston’s Anti-Discrimination Ordinance (HERO)

The City of Houston recently joined a number of cities that have passed their own anti-discrimination ordinances in an attempt to add coverage for sexual orientation and trans-gender discrimination, which are not explicitly covered under Texas or federal law. The attached FAQ

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Houston Mayor Proposes City Ordinance on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Houston is one of the few major cities in the country without a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  Neither federal nor Texas law includes such a protected category, however, other Texas cities such as Austin and

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President Obama Targets Equal Pay

On April 8, President Obama issued two executive orders which will impact employers who do business with the federal government. First, the President made it unlawful for contractors to retaliate against employees who discuss their pay. Second, the President ordered the

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Americans Working Longer = More Age Discrimination Cases

A recent article from the New York Post highlights the growing statistical evidence suggesting that Americans are working until they are older. As the article explains, “Eighty is the New Sixty.” With baby boomers living longer than any prior generation,

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Employers Beware: Workplace Bullying Laws On Horizon

By Shaan A. Rizvi — Over the last few weeks, sports media have incessantly covered the bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, two current Miami Dolphins’ players, in which Incognito left threatening and abusive comments on Martin’s voicemail.

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Senate Passes ENDA

On November 7, the Senate passed the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would amend Title VII to add discrimination protections to homosexual and transgendered employees.   Ten Republicans voted for the legislation, but the primary argument against the bill is

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Don’t Mess With Texas

On November 4, 2013, the state of Texas sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over its recently promulgated “enforcement guidance” related to background check policies and the hiring of felons.  The lawsuit, found here, states that “The state of Texas

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Older Workers = Happy Workers

One of the biggest misconceptions is that older workers are bullied, mistreated, and ultimately forced out of the workplace unceremoniously when they can no longer keep up with the younger employees.  This is the stereotype painted in almost every age

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EEOC Sues Alabama Company For Termination of Applicant With Dreadlocks

A recent lawsuit filed by the EEOC in Alabama is a good reminder of the scrutiny that will be brought to bear over a dress code policy which could be interpreted as having an adverse impact on a racial minority

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