Texas Affirmative Action laws & HR compliance analysis

Texas Affirmative Action: What you need to know

Employers are not required to grant preferential treatment to an individual or group on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, or age, even when there is an imbalance in the workforce (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.113). However, private employers may develop and implement personnel policies that incorporate workforce diversity programs (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.121). In addition, home-rule municipalities may adopt programs designed to increase participation among minority business enterprises in public contracts.
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Employers commit unfair employment discrimination if they enact affirmative action plans pursuant to training programs that are not approved by federal law, rule, or order (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.054).
For the latest census data that will help you to prepare your affirmative action plans, visit the U.S. Census Bureau website at www.census.gov. The Texas Workforce Commission prepares and updates standardized reports providing labor market information for minority groups and women within individual counties, standard metropolitan statistical areas, and the state as a whole.
To obtain these reports contact:
Labor Market Information
Austin, TX 78778
866-938-4444
Reviewed July 2015.

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