In Texas, an employer may not refuse to hire someone based on his or her race, color, disability, religion, sex, or national origin. These categories are known as “protected classes.”

Also, if you suspect employment discrimination, and report it, you cannot be fired or otherwise disciplined for that reason.

Are There Any Exceptions?

There are some exceptions to this law. For example, if an employer starts a workplace diversity program which takes race into account, they have not necessarily violated the law. Also, if the objective requirements of the job implicate a protected class, an employer is not liable simply for hiring the most qualified applicants.

For example, if you have a disability which prevents you from doing your job, an employer may fire you, or refuse to hire you. Or, if an employer is seeking people to model men’s clothing, they are not breaking the law if they don’t hire any women. In this case, women, by virtue of their sex, are not qualified to do the job.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Texas Employment Discrimination Claim?

If you think you have been discriminated against by your employer, you should speak to an attorney. An experienced Texas lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for a claim.