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  • Workers Rights in Texas

  • Workplace Harassment

    • The most well-publicized form of harassment in the workplace is sexual harassment, which is a type of sexual discrimination.  There are three types of sexual harassment now recognized as creating liability for a business.

      1. "Quid pro quo," or being forced to have sex with a superior in order to keep your job or to get a promotion, etc.
      2. Hostile environment from a supervisor or higher-ranking person.
      3. Hostile environment from a co-worker or visitor to the company.
    • No.  Recent court decisions have expanded hostile environment claims to all of  the protected classes, including race, color, religion, nationality, gender, age or disability.

    • Yes.  The Civil Rights Act (known as Title VII) protects employees from discrimination based on their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability or age if you are 40 or older.  Courts have ruled that there is liability even if the victim is the same gender as the harasser.  However, sexuality is not usually considered a protected status.  Thus, it is possible that you could successfully file a claim for harassment from a coworker of the same gender but be fired for being gay yourself.

    • The fact that different people are offended by different actions makes a set definition impossible.  However, the guidelines offered by the courts and the EEOC state that the act(s) of the perpetrator must be:  severely offensive or moderate acts that are frequently repeated and not consensual.  In order to be actionable, the actions must also be repugnant to a reasonable person.  Therefore, occasional sexual jokes, some casual touching or asking in the workplace for a date on several instances are generally not considered Title VII violations

    • Follow the procedures outlined in your employee manual or contract (if you received one).  In addition, file a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission's Civil Rights Division.  More information, contact numbers and forms can be found at Texas Workforce Commission.

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