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EEO - Affirmative Action: Texas

EEO - Affirmative Action requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Maureen Blackburn Jennings, Phelps Dunbar LLP


  • Texas law does not require private employers to establish affirmative action programs. Private employers may adopt affirmative action plans, but should ensure that these plans do not violate The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA or Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21) or other state or federal laws. Private employers may also adopt veterans preference policies. See Affirmative Action for Private Employers.
  • In certain cases, Texas law grants a preference in hiring by state agencies to veterans, some of their family members, and to young adults who were in state foster care when they reached 18. The veteran's preference extends to some reductions in force by state agencies. See Affirmative Action for Public Employers.