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If you believe you may have been discriminated against in employment due to your race, you may submit a discrimination complaint through the TWC Civil Rights Division. To learn more about the complaint process, see How to Submit an Employment Discrimination Complaint.
Texas Labor Code Chapter 21 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protect individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race. An employer may not discriminate against any employee or applicant in hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training or any other term, condition or privilege of employment. 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.
Employers may not legally base employment decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups.
An employer cannot make employment decisions based on issues involving race such as:
Ethnic slurs, racial jokes, offensive or derogatory comments, or other verbal or physical conduct based on a person’s race constitute unlawful harassment if the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, or interferes with the individual's work performance.
Employers may not legally do any of the following: