Texas is an “at-will” state, meaning that your employer can hire, fire, demote, or promote you for whatever reason they want, or no reason at all – so long as the motivating reason for doing so is not based on your: age, race, gender, religious preference, pregnancy, or disability.
There are several federal laws that protect employees from workplace discrimination and retaliation. They include:
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), prohibiting discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
- The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which states that men and women doing equal work at the same employer should receive equal pay
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects workers 40 years of age or older from job discrimination
- Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA)
- Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities who work in the federal government
- The Civil Rights Act of 1991, which allows for monetary damages in cases of intentional employment discrimination
There are also Texas state laws prohibiting discrimination:
- Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, which prohibits workplace discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age and disability.
- Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, which prohibits discrimination and retaliation for filing (or seeking to file) a claim for worker’s compensation benefits.
Since 1989, Debes Law Firm has represented thousands of workers who believe they were treated unfairly at their jobs. If you believe you have been treated differently or unfairly, please request a free case evaluation by clicking here or by calling 713.623.0900.