The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, disability, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), national origin, or age (40 years of age or older). The law applies to all public employers, including elected officials, and to private employers, including labor unions and employment agencies, with 15 or more employees. The law does not apply to out-of-state employees of Texas-based companies (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.001 et seq.).
Genetic information. A separate law prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of genetic test results or an individual's refusal to submit to genetic testing (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.401 et seq.).
Attaining diversity in the employer's workplace. It is not unlawful to employ individuals on the basis of generally prohibited characteristics if the policy is combined with objective job-related factors to attain diversity in the employer's workforce (TX Labor Code Sec. 21.125).