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Texas Supreme Court: Opposition to Inappropriate but not Unlawful Acts is not Protected Activity Under Texas Law

May 1, 2015

Angela N. Marshall Angela N. Marshall
On April 24, 2015, the Supreme Court of Texas released an opinion in a case brought under Texas law that will help Texas employers defend themselves against claims of retaliation. In San Antonio Water System v. Nicholas, the court held that the law does not protect a plaintiff from retaliation for opposing a colleague’s unwelcome lunch invitations made to other employees because, the court found, extending a limited number of lunch invitations could not reasonably be considered unlawful harassment.

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Supreme Court Forges New “Significant Burden” Interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States settled a controversy surrounding an employer’s policy that provided light-duty work for certain employees (including some disabled employees) but not for pregnant workers. The case was brought by a worker who tried to show—through indirect evidence—that the policy resulted in the disparate treatment of pregnant workers.
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