Human Rights Series: Texas Workforce Commission

By Margaret Mitschke*

In celebration of Universal Human Rights Month and Human Rights Day on December 10th, Student Legal and Mediation Services is presenting a Human Rights Month Blog Series. This initial post in the series is about the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and its role in antidiscrimination and equal rights in the workforce.

TWC

Created in 1995, by House Bill 1863, the Mission of Texas Workforce Commission is to “promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employees, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity.”  The TWC website has information about nearly any aspect of employment in Texas, including unemployment benefits, starting businesses, and training opportunities. Employees have specific rights when it comes to applying for a job, working for a business in Texas, or filing complaints. TWC’s “Employee Rights & Laws” page includes overviews, examples, pre-employment questions and extra resources for different types of employment questions. The types of discrimination TWC has listed include:

  • Age;
  • Sex;
  • Color;
  • Racial;
  • National Origin;
  • Religious;
  • Disability;
  • Emergency Evacuation; and
  • Retaliation

TWC also explains how to submit an employment discrimination complaint request, mediation, and protections against adverse employment actions for military personnel, both in English and Spanish.

The Texas Workforce Commission also has information on the “Employee Rights & Laws” page about unpaid wages, child labor, minimum wage information, housing discrimination, and Workforce Solutions* offices. There is even a section for related federal laws and regulations that deal with discrimination and labor law complaints. Each of the resources in this section is linked to a related page with more information including:

 

For more information your legal rights, please contact Student Legal and Mediation Services by phone at (936) 294-1717, email at slms@shsu.edu, or visit us in the LSC Room #330.

*Workforce Solutions are located all over Texas, and can provide information about employer, job seeker, and child care assistance services. To search for the nearest Workforce Solutions office to you, go to the link here.

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