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Employment Discrimination in Houston

Discrimination in the workplace can take on a number of different forms. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits an employer with fifteen or more employees from discriminating on the basis of race, national origin, gender, or religion. Some cities in the state of Texas also have additional laws that prohibit employment discrimination.

If you need advice on an employment law issue, including a discrimination case, you should speak with a Houston employment lawyer. Houston employment lawyers can assess your legal issue and can even file a discrimination claim on your behalf. You can find a local lawyer by viewing FindLaw's directory of Houston employment lawyers.

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Avoid Jail or Lawsuits for April Fools' Work Pranks

April Fools' Day is nearly upon us. You might be rubbing your hands together, scheming a grand workplace caper.

But as a columnist reminds us in her piece for ABC News, sometimes an office April Fools' prank can land you a pink slip (or worse) faster than you can say "Ferris Bueller."

Here are five ways to help make sure your April Fools' prank doesn't fall legally flat:

5 Illegal Questions in Job Interviews

Small businesses looking to hire new employees need to know what questions are illegal to ask in a job interview.

Once business owners have determined what type of employees the business needs and how much they can afford to pay them, it's time to figure out what questions to ask in the interview.

To get you started, here are five illegal questions you shouldn't ask in a job interview.

Can You Be Fired For Being Gay?

A poll taken in 2011 showed that 90 percent of Americans mistakenly believed Congress had already passed a law granting protections against anti-gay discrimination.

But in 29 states, including Texas, you can get fired for being gay. This is because there is currently no federal, state or local law in place protecting members of the LGBT community from employment discrimination in Houston.

But the law in Houston may soon change.

Can Texas Employers Ban Breastfeeding?

Following the public outcry over a Victoria's Secret customer who was not allowed to breastfeed in a fitting room, customers and business owners alike are wondering whether Texas employers can legally ban breastfeeding.

The answer to that question depends on a range of factors, including a woman's right to breastfeed and her right to accommodations.

Mayor Parker Calls For LGBT Non-Discrimination Law

In her final inaugural address, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of a major American city, repeated her call for the City Council to pass an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. Similar legislation has been proposed in the past, but to no avail.

Houston is the only major city in Texas that does not offer comprehensive citywide LGBT protections, according to the Lone Star Q.

Can You Be Fired for Telling Your Boss You're Trans?

In Texas, can you be fired for telling your boss that you're transgender?

Unfortunately, this has happened before and there's no outright guarantee in the law to prevent it from happening again. But, there are definitely certain laws in place that can protect those who are transgender. On top of that, recent national cases have also given a nod to supporting transgender protections in the workplace.

What if you're in Texas and trans, though? Here's what your rights may look like:

5 Ways Companies Discriminate Against Moms

Texas companies that don't pay attention to their hiring or employee policies may end up discriminating against moms. Lawsuits stemming from motherhood status can cost a small business in money and reputation.

Companies take heed, here are five common ways businesses discriminate against moms:

How to Handle Employee Investigations

How should you, as an employer, handle employee investigations into harassment or discrimination?

Discrimination and harassment complaints are a huge headache for employers. Nobody likes an employment lawsuit, and nobody likes dealing with allegations of discrimination.

But when an employee complains about discrimination, you'd better take that complaint seriously. If you don't, you could find yourself in a tight spot, legally speaking.

Employee Lawsuits: Should You Settle?

How should a company respond to an employee lawsuit? If faced with a lawsuit, should the company just settle out of court? Or is it worth it to proceed with litigation?

There's no set answer for that and as with anything, the answer depends on the facts and circumstances of the case.

In general, people shy away from costly litigation. So there is a general notion that settlement is better than a long drawn-out battle in court. Not all would agree, however.

Interviewing for a Job? Know Your Legal Rights

The economy is getting better and for many, that means they'll be hitting the job market for the first time in a long time.

The first step to landing a new job is to apply and interview for the position. But did you know that employment discrimination can arise even before you set foot in an interview room?