Federal and Texas state law prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of the employee’s race, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and various other protected categories. Discrimination in Houston and other Texas workplaces can be expressed in a multitude of ways; however, many are challenging to identify. Unlawful discrimination includes a spectrum of conduct, from subtle negative conduct such as petty harassment (framed as friendly ribbing) to significant employment-related decisions influenced by the employee’s protected category status.
The discrimination lawyers at Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP have represented both employees and employers involved with discrimination issues for several decades, working closely with clients to anticipate and prevent liability by implementing thoughtful compliance procedures in the workplace, and aggressively litigating on behalf of the injured party in the event of a dispute. Our provision of comprehensive end-to-end employment law services has equipped our attorneys with the tools necessary to identify legitimate and illegitimate discrimination claims early, and to advocate aggressively on our clients’ behalf to obtain a successful resolution to their claim.
Protections Against Discrimination
State and federal law prohibits employees from discrimination on the basis of their status, so long as their status fits one of the protected categories outlined by law. These protected categories include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- National origin
- Veteran status
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy status
It’s worth noting, additionally, that employers may not retaliate against employees who complain about discrimination or who otherwise raise concerns about discrimination.
Generally speaking, the difficulty in litigating discrimination disputes is not borne out of issues relating to whether the employee qualifies for protection against discrimination by virtue of their inclusion in one of the protected categories — though there are legitimate points of debate in some cases (i.e., determining when age discrimination becomes actionable) — but is instead borne out of issues relating to whether the conduct of the employer was actually discriminatory in nature.
Forms of Discrimination
Discrimination can take many forms. Our attorneys are well-acquainted with the various creative and insidious ways in which discrimination and harassment in the workplace can entangle employees and limit their ability to grow and contribute in equal measure to their colleagues.
Acts of discrimination may include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Harassment and the creation of a hostile work environment
- Retaliation for complaints about discrimination
- Hiring discrimination
- Choosing another employee for a raise or promotion
- Wrongfully terminating an employee on the basis of their protected characteristics
- Engaging in negative workplace conduct such as relocating an employee frequently
Here at Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, our Houston discrimination attorneys represent both employees and employers in discrimination and harassment claims. Our attorneys have experience handling both simple and complex employment-related disputes involving discrimination and harassment. At Berg Plummer Johnson & Raval, LLP, we understand that our clients may have different objectives and budget limitations, and to that end, we provide unique, customized fee arrangements to ensure that our clients can meet their strategic objectives cost-efficiently.