The Rights of Nursing Mothers

Texas mothers share a common concern after the joy and excitement of welcoming a new baby: What happens when they return to work after maternity leave? For nursing mothers, another concern is when and how they will be able to pump breast milk at work. While a woman in Texas may breastfeed her baby anywhere […]

Breaking The Golden Handcuffs

Breaking the Golden Handcuffs The Fifth Circuit recently issued a groundbreaking opinion, though there has been little fanfare or discussion about it. But for employees pursing certain kinds of contractual claims, this case will be a game-changer. We often see contracts with “golden handcuffs” terms. These terms arise in commission plans, bonus agreements, or other […]

Eat, Drink and Be Merry—Just Not Too Merry

The season of office holiday parties is upon us.  And, for an employment lawyer, it can be a business bonanza. Few events are fraught with more peril for both employers and employees than the office holiday party. How to minimize that peril? For the employee, the most important thing to remember is that your office […]

The Difficult Woman: A Vocabulary Lesson

The Atlantic’s David Frum recently tweeted:  “A female friend just lost a job for being ‘difficult.’ As she narrated what had happened, it struck me:  A difficult woman is one who asks for the things I get without having to ask for them.” When I read this, the description of his friend as a “difficult […]

Is the Difference Who Asks?

While one issue involving  equal pay claims gets much attention, an equally troubling issue flies under the radar. Yet, it deserves the same level of attention and scrutiny. The first highly publicized equal pay issue is whether an employer can rely on an employee’s prior salary as its legitimate and non-discriminatory reason to pay a […]

#TimesUp for Law Firms

In the #metoo  and #timesup era, law firms are learning they are not immune from pay discrimination claims. In recent years, female partners have made headlines with lawsuits alleging that they were paid less than their male partners. The claims have been brought both as single plaintiff lawsuits and as class actions under Title VII, […]

How do you Solve a Problem Like Pay Inequality?

They say that democracy dies in darkness.  That may be true, because inequality thrives in darkness.  With all the publicity about sexual harassment, we need to note the approach of the April 4th Equal Pay Day. That is the day when a woman’s salary finally catches up to the man’s salary for the prior year […]

What is Sexual Harassment Anyway?

Months deep into the #metoo movement, many people wonder what sexual harassment is and why so many people hesitated to come forward with complaints of sexual harassment. The easy question is why people don’t come forward with complaints. Fear of retaliation is real.  The reality of retaliation is real. But defining sexual harassment is more […]

Ranger College Settles Federal Lawsuit Filed by Professor Alleging Sexual Harassment

RANGER, Texas – Ranger College reached an agreement with a professor who alleged she was discriminated and retaliated against by the school. Dr. Elizabeth Price and Ranger College reached a resolution last week in the United States Court of the Northern District of Texas in Abilene, according to court documents. They filed a Joint Status Report […]