EEO - Harassment: 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 harassment of an employee or applicant based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, age, or genetic information. See Unlawful Harassment.
- 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 those under these federal laws. See Procedures and Deadlines.
- Certain Texas cities have enacted ordinances that prohibit harassment by public and/or private employers based on categories not protected under Texas or federal law. See Harassment Under Municipal Laws.