Category Archives: Workplace Discrimination

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What Does the New Bill SB4 Mean for Texas Employees?

A recent bill SB4 was approved by Texas lawmakers, and has created much controversy from Mexican Americans and many other Texas citizens. This bill follows the Trump Administration’s uptick in immigration control, making it punishable for police chiefs, sheriffs, constables, and other leaders to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. This can affect many businesses in Texas that have historically relied on immigration labor. Immigrant employees working in this environment are less likely to speak up for their rights in the workplace for fear of losing their jobs. These business raids and crackdowns not only cause employees to lose jobs, they can also create an atmosphere in the workplace where employees are afraid to speak out against bad employer practices. What Industries Could Be Affected the Most by SB4? A recent pew report study found that the farming industry had 16 percent illegal workers, followed by construction with 12…
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What Are My Rights as an Independent Contractor?

Independent contractors are workers that are not categorized as employees of a company, but as separate entities responsible for much of their own equipment, safety, and training. An independent contractor takes on much more risk with their work than a typical employee does. Classifying workers as independent contractors is beneficial to employers, because it allows them to assume less responsibility over worker safety, benefits, and worker pay. However, thousands of employees are misclassified as independent contractors, which means those workers lose money, may be at greater risk of injury, and could be without benefits and legal protections that employees have from government agencies. How Do You Know If You’re a Misclassified Worker? You have received training: The more training that an employee gets, the more likely they will legally need to be categorized as an employee. If you have received safety training, or detailed instructions on how to do your…
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5 Warning Signs of Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that makes many employees dread going to work every day. It can be difficult to recognize where the line is drawn between joking and illegal hurtful actions. Many people don’t want to speak out because they are worried about losing their jobs. However, workplace harassment is illegal, whether it is sexual harassment, racial discrimination, or discrimination against any person based on a protected class. 5 Warning Signs of Workplace Harassment Exclusion from company proceedings: Are relevant company meetings frequently only attended by women, or employees of a certain race? Groups that are left out of important company proceedings may have a case for discrimination. Being asked favors: Are male bosses asking female co-workers for sexual favors to get a promotion or keep their jobs? This is called quid pro quo sexual harassment. Directed comments: Crude jokes or comments about someone’s gender, age,…
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