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Tyler Workplace Harassment Attorney

Representing Hardworking Texas Employees

No employee deserves to suffer from workplace misconduct. Our firm is committed to helping wronged workers in Tyler and the surrounding areas pursue justice in a wide range of employment law disputes. Our experienced Texas employment law attorney has represented Texas employees since 1986, equipping him with diverse legal skills and knowledge to represent your best interests in court.

Harassed at work? Our Texas employment lawyer can fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (903) 412-3788 to schedule a free case evaluation.

What Is Workplace Harassment?

Workplace harassment is a common type of employment law violation in Texas. “Harassment” extends to various behaviors in the workplace based on protected characteristics that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. Such behaviors can entail a range of actions that constitute harassment, including verbal, physical, or visual conduct that interferes with an employee’s ability to perform their job effectively.

Types of Workplace Harassment

Harassment in Texas workplaces can manifest in various ways, including (but not limited to):

  • Discriminatory Comments: Offensive remarks, slurs, or derogatory language targeting a person's race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or other protected characteristics
  • Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, physical, or visual conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with work performance or creates a hostile environment
  • Bullying and Intimidation: Repeated mistreatment, humiliation, or intimidation that undermines an individual's self-esteem and creates a hostile work environment
  • Retaliation: Taking adverse employment actions against an employee who complains about harassment or participates in an investigation related to harassment
  • Cyberbullying: Harassment through electronic means, including emails, text messages, social media platforms, or other digital communication channels

Workplace Harassment Laws in Texas

Workplace harassment by employers, colleagues, or other individuals in the workplace is unlawful, and it’s important for Texas workers to have an understanding of workplace harassment laws to safeguard their employee rights against unethical employers.

There are various state and federal laws in place to protect workers from unlawful harassment. In Texas, the primary state law addressing workplace harassment is the Texas Labor Code, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on certain protected characteristics outlined by the EEOC, including:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • National origin
  • Genetic information
  • Sex, including sexual orientation
  • Gender, including gender identity
  • Pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, such as post-partum depression and breastfeeding

At the federal level, the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protections against workplace harassment for employers and companies with at least 15 employees. Other federal laws that protect against workplace harassment include:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): This federal law prohibits harassment based on age for employees who are 40 years of age or older.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This 1990 Act prohibits harassment based on disability and ensures reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA): The PDA prohibits harassment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, such as post-partum depression or breastfeeding.
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How to Address Workplace Harassment

If you're being harassed in the workplace, it's essential to take action to protect your rights and well-being. Here are several steps to consider:

  1. Document everything: Keep a detailed record of incidents, including dates, times, locations, witnesses, and a description of what occurred.
  2. Review company policies: Familiarize yourself with your company's policies on harassment and reporting procedures.
  3. Report the misconduct to management, HR, or other appropriate authority: Follow your company's reporting procedures by notifying your immediate supervisor, human resources department, or any designated authority about the harassment you are experiencing.
  4. Consult with an experienced workplace harassment attorney: Seek legal advice from a Texas employment lawyer who specializes in workplace harassment cases. A qualified representative can help you understand your rights, assess the strength of your case, and guide you through the legal process.
  5. File a formal complaint: If internal reporting does not resolve the situation, your lawyer can assist with filing a complaint with the appropriate state or federal agency, such as the Texas Workforce Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  6. Gather relevant evidence: Collect any supporting evidence, such as emails, text messages, or witness statements, to strengthen your case.
  7. Explore alternative remedies if necessary: Your employment lawyer can help ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of the legal options available to you and can help you weigh the pros and cons of each to achieve a resolution, such as negotiation, mediation, or litigation.

A trusted Texas employment law attorney can provide invaluable assistance throughout this process by protecting your employee rights and negotiating effectively on your behalf to obtain the justice you deserve.

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