Austin, Texas Employment Discrimination & Sexual Harassment Resources
We do not charge a fee unless we obtain a jury verdict or a settlement. That means our goals are your goals: justice for our clients, and prevent future injustice. Our firm represents victims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, and other categories (for example, religion). Employees in the Austin area should consult an experienced employment discrimination or sexual harassment attorney if they experience this type of behavior in the workplace. Their employer will do the same.Bringing a Sexual or Racial Harassment Claim
Sexual and racial harassment are types of discrimination that may be a problem in the computer software, digital media, wireless technology, semiconductors, and restaurant industries. Sexual harassment remains a problem in Austin. Sexual harassment includes unwanted offensive touching, unwanted offensive romantic attention, offensive sexual speech, offensive sexual conduct and gestures, unwanted exposure to pornography, unwanted offensive sexual texts or emails, or offensive sexual communications over social media, such as Facebook or Twitter. In some cases, it may consist of conditioning job benefits on sex or being forced to have sex to keep or get a job.
Racial harassment is also a pervasive problem in many Texas workplaces. Racial slurs are offensive words used to describe persons of a race or a particular color, country, or faith. They may be directed at you, or you may have heard them directed at another person of your race. Racial jokes that portray persons of your race, color, faith, or country in a negative way also may be illegal. The fact that someone is joking does not make their conduct acceptable.
In another example, racial cartoons that portray persons of your race, color, faith, or country in a negative way may be illegal. Offensive symbols, such as the noose, the Confederate flag, Klu Klux Klan (KKK) hats or robes, Nazi paraphernalia, and other symbols of racist beliefs, are almost always illegal in the workplace.
Discrimination based on gender or race in compensation, promotion, training, and benefits is illegal. If you have evidence that others are being treated more favorably than you because they are male, or not a person of color, it is possible you are experiencing illegal discrimination.Asserting Your Workplace Rights Under Federal and Texas Laws
Employment discrimination is prohibited under federal and Texas laws. Victims can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or the Texas Workforce Commission, but if you are considering hiring an attorney, it would be best if the attorney made those filings for you. You may have as few as 180 days to file, so we recommend you speak to an attorney well before that period is over.Enlist an Employment Discrimination Lawyer to Sue Your Austin Employer
At Friedman & Houlding LLP, we have over five decades of experience representing employees and students in harassment and discrimination suits. We bring to every case our total dedication. Our track record of success is reflected in recent recognition of our attorneys, who have been selected for:
- Super Lawyers 2014-2016
- Best Attorneys in New York for 2009-2016
- New York Magazine as one of “New York Area’s Top Attorneys 2011.”
- Jury Verdict Reporter Top Ten Punitive Damages Awards in 2010 employment case.
Serving people nationwide, including in Austin and surrounding cities, the employment discrimination lawyers at Friedman & Houlding LLP are ready to help you assert your rights. Please take a look at our blog and our website to learn about some of our previous cases. We do not charge a fee unless we obtain a jury verdict or a settlement, and our contact is completely confidential. Contact us online or call 888-369-1119 Ext: 1 if you need a sexual harassment or a racial discrimination lawyer, or advice on another potential discrimination claim.
When appearing outside of New York, Georgia, and California, where our attorneys are licensed, Friedman & Houlding LLP affiliates with a local firm, and seeks special admission on a case-by-case basis.