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Excessive information sharing can put employers at risk

Employers in Texas should pay close attention to recent developments regarding employee communication with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Employees have a right under federal law to communicate freely with the EEOC about allegations of discrimination or violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. How an employer responds to such a complaint can have a major impact on the ensuing impact of the filing, and employers can take action to protect themselves from being at risk of further charges.

Texas company loses appeal in wrongful termination case

A Texas-based company has lost an appeal involving an arbitration award. The man who received the award sold his business to the other company and was then subsequently terminated. An appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling in the case although the man was denied a motion for filed sanctions. The transaction between the two businesses involved two contracts, an interest purchase agreement and an employment agreement.

Caution is needed when terminating certain employees

Most employers realize that an employee cannot be terminated or penalized for making a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) request. Making a leave request does not prohibit termination if the reasons are independent and unrelated to the FMLA. Employers in Texas should pay attention to a recent Missouri federal court case that illustrates how appearances can lead to actionable lawsuits.

Does the fired Google memo writer have a wrongful discharge case?

You've heard the story. A Google software engineer recently made headlines by sending out a 10-page memo to other employees decrying the company's left-leaning bias and perpetuation of gender stereotypes as Google attempts to bring more women into tech and leadership roles. He argued that the company, a unit of Alphabet Inc., is hostile to conservative viewpoints and argued that the lack of women in leadership positions likely reflects biological differences instead of discrimination.

What is inappropriate behavior in the workplace?

As an employer in Houston, it’s important to ensure that your place of work is welcoming for everyone. In this case, certain inappropriate behavior in the workplace can be extremely problematic, especially when supervisory personnel fail to intervene. To this end, your business could be subject to a damaging lawsuit, which can have a wide range of harmful effects.

4 things to consider before asking employees to sign non-competes

Running a successful business in Texas is about much more than having a good product or service to offer. Business owners must also manage operational tasks like making employment decisions and complying with state and federal laws.

Is gender identity protected in the workplace?

For employers in Texas, creating an inclusive workplace is a must. This includes being sensitive to issues involving gender identity, of which many people lack a real understanding. Accordingly, it’s important for business owners to be fully aware of the law to ensure they remain compliant to all relevant statutes.

What constitutes harassment?

Employers in Houston must be vigilant about preventing harassment for the good of their workers as well as their businesses. However, instances of harassment are not always cut and dry. In some cases, seemingly minor incidents can become huge legal hassles if not handled appropriately. To this end, it’s important for you to know exactly what constitutes harassment so that you can react accordingly.

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