Texas Diversity laws & HR compliance analysis

Texas Diversity: What you need to know

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.).
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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).
The Texas Workforce Commission offers employers assistance in recruiting and hiring diverse workers, including seniors, veterans, youth, and people with disabilities. For more information, go to http://www.twc.state.tx.us.
Especially for Texas Employers is a tool published by the Office of the Commissioner representing employers on the Texas Workforce Commission. The book includes diversity resources such as “The Role of Cultural Differences in Workplace Investigations” and “Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Policies” and can be found online at http://www.twc.state.tx.us.
Last reviewed on 7/15/14.

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