EEO - Discrimination: Texas
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Maureen Jennings, Phelps Dunbar LLP
- The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA or Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21) broadly prohibits discrimination against an employee or applicant because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, age, or genetic information. See Discrimination Under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.
- Remedies under TCHRA include hiring, reinstatement, promotion, back pay, compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys' fees, court costs, and expert fees. See Remedies.
- TCHRA differs from Title VII, the ADA, the ADEA, and GINA in several key ways. The deadlines for filing a complaint under TCHRA with the state agency or the EEOC and for filing a lawsuit are different than under these federal laws. See Procedures and Deadlines.
- Certain Texas cities have enacted ordinances that prohibit public and/or private employers from discriminating based on categories not protected under Texas or federal law. See Discrimination Under Local Ordinances.