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What "Reasonable Accommodations" Must a Texas Employer Make for Disabled Employees?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of workers who suffer from a number of disabilities. An employer is not allowed to discriminate against an employee on the basis of disability, and in fact must make "reasonable accommodations" upon request. But the ADA does not give a disabled employee free reign to make demands, as a recent decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates.

Can my Employer Monitor my Internet Use?

Without question, the Internet has changed the way we do business. Walk into any modern office, and you will see scores of Internet-enabled devices, ranging from desktop computers to tablets to smartphones. These devices allow for unprecedented ease of communication and the ability to literally work from anywhere. It also allows employers to monitor the way the employees spend time and company resources more than ever. In some cases, this type of monitoring can lead to adverse employment actions and even termination - which in turn may lead to a discrimination claim.

I Feel Discriminated Against By My Employer Because Of My Religious Practice; What Should I Do?

The United States was founded in part on principles of religious liberty. Enshrined in our Constitution is the fact that the government is generally prohibited from preventing people from freely exercising their faith. In a logical extension of this principle, federal and state law also prohibit most employers from discriminating against people on the basis of religion. After all, what good would the right to practice a particular religion be if employment discrimination systematically marginalized people for exercising that right?

Employment Discrimination for the Disabled

Both the Texas labor code and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit disability discrimination in employment. These laws make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee with a disability when making decisions related to hiring, firing, promoting, training, compensating, or other terms of employment. In addition, these laws prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee for opposing an unlawful act of disability discrimination. Finally, these laws also require an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to permit a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

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