Interviewing and Selecting Job Candidates: Texas
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Mark Levine, Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, PC
- Texas adopted the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA or Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21) in 1983 and created the Texas Commission on Human Rights to enforce its provisions. The TCHRA aims to secure for its citizens freedom from discrimination based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin or age. See Texas Commission on Human Rights Act.
- The State of Texas does not prohibit discrimination in hiring on any basis not also barred by federal law.
- However, some of the Lone Star State's larger cities have adopted ordinances barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and a few have banned discrimination based on gender identification. See City Ordinances.
- Texas recognizes negligent hiring claims, but a new state law also provides protections for employers. See Negligent Hiring.