Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 (Chapter 21), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protect individuals from retaliation. An employer may not fire, demote, harass or otherwise retaliate against an individual for submitting a complaint of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding or otherwise opposing discrimination. The law applies to private employers with 15 or more employees, and to all state and local governmental entities no matter how many employees they have.

Employees are not excused from continuing to perform their jobs or following their company’s legitimate workplace rules because they have submitted a complaint with TWC’s Civil Rights Division or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or have opposed discrimination.

If you file a retaliation discrimination complaint, it must show that you engaged in a protected activity, your employer took an adverse action, and there was a direct connection between the protected activity and the adverse action.

If you believe you have been retaliated against for submitting a complaint of discrimination, contact our office for a free case evaluation 512-370-5220.