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Dallas Texas Unemployment Rate Amidst the Global Pandemic

The unemployment rate is the percentage of total employees in the labor force that are without a job. Over the past several months, Dallas has seen historically high unemployment rates in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Residents have flocked to the unemployment insurance office in record numbers, seeking to file for unemployment benefits. There...

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Negotiating a Severance Package

A severance package is an agreement between an employee and a former employer itemizing the benefits and pay associated with the employee’s termination. You may have been offered such a package if you have been fired or laid off from your job. Unfortunately, many terminated employees are never offered a package and may not even...

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Help With Filing Federal Discrimination Complaints

The thought of having to take on the Federal government for discrimination can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be. All Federal agencies that provide financial assistance are responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination. If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination, you may file a complaint with the specific Federal...

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Help Filing Your Texas Unemployment Claim

Do you need to file an unemployment claim with the Texas Workforce Commission, but just do not know where to start? Here at Scott Law Firm PLLC, we are unemployment legal advocates and we know how vital it is to get claims filed as soon as possible. We can help you navigate this important task....

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Is My Employer Required to Accommodate My Religious Beliefs?

Do you feel that your religious rights are being violated in your workplace? Maybe you have been overlooked for a promotion based on your faith, or perhaps you have been denied proper accommodations to practice your religion. If so, your employer could very well be violating the civil rights of the people he or she...

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Top 6 Types of Racial Discrimination in the Workplace

Racial discrimination is a prevalent issue in the workplace. You may not even be aware that it is happening in your workplace. Racial discrimination can be defined as treating an applicant or employee unfairly due to his/her race and/or personal characteristics associated with a race. Personal characteristics include, but are not limited to, hair texture,...

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How To Prove Racial Discrimination In The Workplace

Racial discrimination is present in the workplace and rears its head consistently in the workplace. These cases are notoriously difficult to prove and have the lowest success rate in court - only around 15% of claims sought for racial discrimination in the workplace are successful. So how can employees go about proving racial discrimination and...

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How Workplaces Can Accommodate Disabilities

Companies and organizations are increasingly realizing the need for incorporating diversity into their respective workplaces. As of present time, about 18% of people living with disabilities are employed. This means that there is a larger pool of disabled people who don’t have a job and are actively looking for one. The Americans with Disabilities Act...

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The Top 5 Signs Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

Sexual harassment may not be clear-cut and obvious at all times. Hence, most employees find it difficult to determine if they are being sexually harassed in the workplace. Anyone who has experienced sexual harassment in the workplace knows how stressful and frightening it is. A 2016 report by EEOC or the US Equal Employment Opportunity...

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The Top 5 Signs Of Discrimination In The Workplace

Workplace discrimination is a serious matter, and many employees suffer from its effects without even realizing that they are being discriminated against at work. Workplace discrimination is quite subtle at times and signs are not always obvious. Many employees might be unable to prove that they are being discriminated against at work due to the...

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Texas Unemployment Benefits in the Age of Coronavirus/COVID-19

As the COVID-19 or “Coronavirus” has severely affected our community, many counties – including Dallas County – have issued Stay-at-Home orders requiring people to work from home and for non-essential businesses to close. This has had a direct effect on many employees, finding themselves out of work without a steady source of income to support...

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How Common Is Sexual Harassment in State Government?

What Is Sexual Harassment According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Sexual Harassment is defined as any form of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual Harassment is commonly divided into two categories: “Quid Pro Quo” and Hostile Environment: Quid Pro Quo -...

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What to Look for—And Lookout For—When Hiring an Employment Lawyer

There are a few things you want to make sure you look for when hiring an employment lawyer to handle your employment case. Make Sure you Hire an Employment Lawyer 1. First and foremost—MAKE SURE YOU HIRE AN EMPLOYMENT LAWYER! Lawyers like to dabble, and you don’t want a lawyer who dabbles in employment law....

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Matthew Scott Fights Racial Discrimination In New Case

Claudell Cobbs, Jr. v. Midwest Air Technologies, Inc., (DALLAS, TX) - Today Scott Law Firm PLLC filed suit on behalf of former forklift driver Claudell Cobbs, Jr., against his former employer, Midwest Air Technologies. At the start of his shift on February 20, 2019, Mr. Cobbs went to his forklift and found a noose laying...

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Forced Arbitration

Today, one of the fundamental rights we have as Americans—indeed, something that makes America truly unique compared to the rest of the world—is under constant attack. What is this right? The right to trial by jury. In particular, employers large and small, and their armies of attorneys have waged an all-out war against this fundamental...

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Matthew Scott Appointed Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Rockwall, Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2019 MATTHEW SCOTT APPOINTED ASSOCIATE MUNICIPAL JUDGE FOR THE CITY OF ROCKWALL, TX (ROCKWALL, TX) - Effective January 1, 2019, Matthew R. Scott of Scott Law Firm PLLC will preside as the Associate Municipal Judge for the City of Rockwall, TX. The Rockwall Municipal Court is responsible for the adjudication...

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Company Refuses To Pay Students For Summer Job Three Years Ago

They took a summer job hoping to make money to go to college, but students still haven’t been paid years later despite a judge’s order. A judge ruled one year ago that Trayon Hunter and Alona Bennett be paid almost $10,000 each for work that happened three years ago. But Tecomax has ignored the ruling. “Honestly I felt betrayed...

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Seventh Circuit Indicates It May Conclude that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

December 12, 2016 Executive Summary: Since its enactment, courts have followed the premise that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. A changing of the tides began in July 2015, when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took the opposite position. Since that time, courts have struggled...

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$20 Million settlement reached in Fox News sexual harassment case

In July 2016, former Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment and retaliation. The complaint alleged that Carlson repeatedly refused Ailes’s sexual advances, which resulted in a pay cut, a move to a less desirable show, and a denial of opportunities to...

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EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance Regarding Retaliation Claims

The EEOC has issued new Enforcement Guidance regarding retaliation claims.  The guidance effectively broadens the scope of protection offered to employees who participate in EEO proceedings or complain about discriminatory practices in the workplace. Under the law, employers are not allowed to retaliate against an employee who is or has engaged in protected activity.  The...

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More On Forced Arbitration

As we have discussed previously, the increased use of forced arbitration by employers is the most destructive force in protecting employee rights. In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gave some relief when it held that collective action waivers are unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In re D.R. Horton, Inc., 357...

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More Good News from the Supreme Court

Employees got more good news from the Supreme Court this week. In Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, the Supreme Court held an employee is protected from unlawful retaliation even if the employee has not engaged in protected activity, but the employer mistakenly thinks he did. The employee, Jeffrey Heffernan, was a police officer...

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Scott Law Firm PLLC: Former Cleburne Athletic Director Pam Lea Files Lawsuit Against Cleburne Independent School District

DALLAS, April 20, 2016,/PRNewswire/ -- Today former Cleburne Athletic Director Pam Lea filed a million-dollar discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the Cleburne Independent School District. The lawsuit is the culmination of more than a year's worth of wrangling between Lea and the district over her abrupt demotion from her position as Cleburne's Athletic Director. "This...

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Trending the Employee Way – The Fifth Circuit Reverses Another Employer Summary Judgment

Employees seeking protection under the employment laws, including claims of employment discrimination and employment retaliation, have started to see better days in federal court.  It’s been no secret that federal courts in Texas have not been friendly to employment plaintiffs, and nowhere was that more apparent than in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in...

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A Great Day for Employees Before the United States Supreme Court!

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court severely limited the reach of its 2011 class action decision in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes.  Remember, Dukes threw out a large class action against Wal-Mart alleging race discrimination in promotional opportunities.  The case has been a killer for potential class action claims in employment cases.  Not anymore. In...

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Forced arbitration is the single most discriminatory force in employment law today

Forced arbitration is the single most discriminatory force in employment law today. Forced arbitration allows companies to avoid judges and juries in favor of arbitrators who are paid by the company and who are less likely to find for employees who have been victimized by unlawful discrimination. Worse yet, forced arbitration often times includes a...

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Irving Fire captain files discrimination suit against department

Glover McMillan made history as the first African American firefighter in Irving in 1979 and worked his way over the years to captain. Now he's filed a discrimination lawsuit after he’s been passed over three times for appointment to assistant chief. McMillan said when he was passed over previously he was told he lacked experience...

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Jury Awards Former Kroger Employee $450K In Discrimination Suit

SHERMAN (CBSDFW.COM) – A jury has awarded a Plano man and former Kroger employee more than $450,000 in a federal harassment lawsuit. Jurors agreed Karl Tipple was wrongfully fired after reporting more than a year of harassment for his mental disabilities. Tipple, 25, had worked for Kroger grocery stores for nearly five years and was...

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Appeals court rules Frisco ISD discrimination suit can proceed

FRISCO — A former Frisco High School coach can pursue his lawsuit alleging discrimination and retaliation by the school district after all, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. Alvin Jackson, who taught world history along with being a basketball and track coach, filed a suit against the Frisco school district in 2012, saying his contract...

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