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Disability discrimination claims in the workplace increasing each year

Claims of disability discrimination in the workplace have increased each year since 2014. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it illegal for employers with 15 or more employees to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability when it comes to hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training, or other terms and conditions of employment. A “qualified individual” is a person with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that the person holds or desires. Some of the most common disabilities that are covered by the ADA are cancer, deafness or hearing loss, heart and cardiovascular impairments, anxiety and depression, back and other orthopedic impairments, and blindness and vision loss. In addition to those who actually have an impairment, the ADA protects workers whose employer has “regarded” them as being disabled even though they may not be. Attorney David Langenfeld represents workers with disabilities in cases against their employers and former employers. Mr. Langenfeld is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Restaurant employee suing for wrongful termination after pregnancy

A former Chinese restaurant employee in Houston recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was terminated from her job due to her pregnancy, an article of SE Texas Record reported on January 13.

In the lawsuit filed by Mary Durant on January 12, Durant claimed defendant Xie He Sheng, LLC terminated her from her job in 2015 without giving her reasons for doing so. Durant was reportedly hired to work for 888 Chinese Restaurant in 2014. Durant, who was pregnant at the time she was hired, was informed that the owner of the restaurant had a policy of not hiring pregnant women. The owner also does not allow women to work if they become pregnant. The manager allowed her to work despite being pregnant, giving her two days off from work. She was told to contact the restaurant for her next shift. Durant was able to continue working for 888 after having a miscarriage. Then in 2015, Durant became pregnant again. In her lawsuit, Durant requested a jury trial and requests to recover all the compensation she deserves as a result of her termination.

The attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC fight for the rights of Austin employees who have been wrongfully terminated from their employment due to discrimination. We strongly believe that negligent employers should fairly compensate employees who have suffered financially after losing their jobs. If you are in such a situation today, call us at (956) 205-0884 for your confidential legal consultation.


Terminated attorney in Dallas complains of sexual harassment and retaliation

An assistant attorney in Dallas, Texas recently filed a complaint against the city attorney’s office claiming she was sexually harassed in the workplace and that she was a victim of retaliation, a December 15 article of The Brownsville Herald reported.

In the civil lawsuit recently filed in the Dallas County Court, plaintiff Petrina Thompson claimed an employee in her workplace sexually harassed her. Thompson also said other employees made her work environment hostile after she complained about the harassment. Thompson was later terminated from her job after she was placed in a job she was not hired or trained to do. She is suing to get her job back and recover all the expenses incurred in filing the lawsuit.

In the tough situation that you are filing a complaint against your employer, enlisting a skilled employment attorney is important. Get in touch with the Austin attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC today by calling (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


Facebook suspected of discriminating based upon race in the workplace

Social networking giant based in California, Facebook, was recently slapped with a federal lawsuit due to allegations that the company was negligent in handling racial discrimination in their office in North Carolina, an article of Fortune reported on November 28.

According to reports, Robert Gary and Robert Duffy had begun to notice that the Facebook workplace appeared to be consistently discriminating against African-American workers like themselves, and their coworkers to be committing unchecked acts of racism. Duffy, who works as a manager in the North Carolina data center, filed for his resignation after the company reduced many of his duties, which came about in conjunction with him reporting discrimination in the workplace. Gary, who had been working as a maintenance worker, alleged that his salary is lower compared to white coworkers who do the same job. Gary also claimed that his salary increases are lower compared to white counterparts. A spokesperson for Facebook told reports that they would counter the lawsuit with a strong defense.

Filing for racial discrimination claim in the workplace could be stressful as you are going to face with intimidating legal counsels hired by negligent companies to defend their interests. However, if this happens to you in Austin, the Leichter Law Firm PC lawyers could represent you. Find out how we may fight for your rights today by calling (956) 205-0884.


Texas Supreme Court to review workplace rape victim case

The Texas Supreme Court is expected to review a case of a woman in Plano who was sexually assaulted by her boss, and the decision could set a serious precedent for similar cases in the future, an article of the Dallas News reported on November 4.

Reports said the Supreme Court will review the case of a plaintiff identified as B.C., who filed a lawsuit against her Steak ‘n Shake boss. The lawsuit, which identified the restaurant as a defendant, concerns a unique Texas ruling that employers cannot be sued for greater monetary damage by employees who have been victims of sexual assault. Employees who are suing their employers for sexual assault claims can receive a maximum of $300,000 worth of damages, unlike those who have been victims of aggravated assault in the workplace. Legal experts opined that sexual assault victims in Texas should be given rights to fight for further damages. B.C.’s case is expected to be reviewed by the Texas Supreme Court this week.

The lawyers at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin fight for employees who have been victims of sexual assault while in the workplace. If you think this situation happened to you, we may be able to provide legal defense and protection against intimidating employers. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your options.


Former refining company employee in Houston cries workplace discrimination

A woman who had been an employee of “Shell Deer Park Refining Co.,” recently had filed a complaint that she had been harassed and threatened in the workplace by another employee, an article of SE Texas Record reported on November 2.

Reports said retaliation and sexual harassment complaint allegations were filed by Kristin Lee Dial in the Houston Southern District of Texas against her former employer. Dial said in her complaint that Shell Deer Park Refining Co., was negligent in handling the incident involving her. Dial stated that she notified Benjamin Stafford that a coworker that she formerly had a relation with, is harassing her. Stafford, who happen to be a Team Lead, threatened Dial and her ex-boyfriend that they could both lose their jobs if either reported the incident to human resources, the complaint also alleges. Dial then stated that she was terminated in December 2014.

In the situation that you lost your job after becoming a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, a lawyer may represent you in filing a complaint against negligent employers. Call the lawyers of Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your legal options.


Juvenile center employee accuses superintendent of harassment and discrimination

Discrimination and harassment claims were recently filed by a former Evins Regional Juvenile facility staff member against her supervisor due to allegations that her rights had been violated during the time she was working for the facility as a psychologist, an article from the Monitor reported on October 25.

According to reports, Dora Tijerina resigned from her job as a psychologist after a superintendent in the juvenile facility, identified as Juan Gonzalez, allegedly orchestrated a campaign to ruin her image as an employee. Gonzalez, who was accused of insulting Tijerina due to her size, had been known for “flirting” with younger female employees. Tijerina’s case on October 17 had been escalated to the federal court. The lawsuit is also suing Gonzalez’s spouse, Sandra due to allegations that she is using her position as a human resource specialist to intimidate female employees, including Tijerina, into not filing complaints against Juan. Gonzalez assumed the supervisory post in February after Jessica Cabrera filed for her resignation.

The Austin attorneys at Leichter Law Firm PC advocate for the civil rights of employees who have been wrongfully treated by their employers or supervisors. If you think this is happening to you, we may be able to help you file a legal claim against intimidating parties. Call our office today at (956) 205-0884 to learn more about your legal options.


Alleged discrimination prompted Texas woman to file lawsuit

A former magazine editor-in-chief recently claimed she was discriminated against by her employer because she had breast cancer, an article of Dallas Observer reported on October 17.

According to reports, 33-year-old Jacquelyne Froeber is suing Ink Publishing Corp. and American Airlines for compensations she is owed as a result of the employers terminating her contract. Froeber signed a five-year agreement with the airline and the publishing company that provides the airline magazines. However, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Froeber was notified that she would be transferred to Ink Publishing’s Florida office because their office in Dallas would cease operations. The transfer would require Froeber to file another job application. Froeber claims that her cancer treatment was the reason why she was discriminated against. While American Airlines commented that Froeber’s claim has no basis, the publication company did not release a statement regarding the claim.

The attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC in Austin advocate for employees who have been discriminated against by their employers. If you suspect you faced discrimination, we may be able to help you file a claim so you can receive compensation. Call us today at (956) 205-0884 to find out how we may fight for your rights.