Author Archives: Bobby Decker

Workplace Effects of Anti-LGBTQ Laws

Texas is one of the largest states in the USA, and so it goes without saying that it is the home of many, many employees. In fact, 50 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Texas. Texas has also featured the most prominent example of an alarming nationwide trend – anti-LGBTQ legislation. Across the country, states are considering some sort of legislation intended to signal opposition to LGBTQ issues and to stop transgender individuals from seeking medical care. Many families in …
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Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson

As a woman-owned law firm, we are deeply saddened and dismayed by the Supreme Court’s assault on the bodily integrity and fundamental liberty rights of American women in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health opinion issued earlier today. This opinion overturned the right to an abortion established by Roe v. Wade and allows states to reduce, outlaw, and even criminalize abortion procedures. We are committed to fighting for women to enjoy the same fundamental liberty interests as men, including their right to bodily integrity and basic …
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Employer Response to Roe v. Wade

The leaked Supreme Court opinion that showed the Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade means many states will ban abortions before most women even know they are pregnant. Understandably, this issue is front and center for many women, including those in the workforce.  The inability to decide what is best for their own body is a major source of stress for those of childbearing age. This stress can impact work performance, attendance, and even lead to the loss …
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Military Employment Laws for Employees and Employers

Military employment laws are a complex issue. The U.S. Armed Forces employ less than 1% of the working American population, but many veterans re-enter the civilian workforce after their service. Studies estimate that around 20 million veterans live in the United States. For this Armed Forces Day, our team at The Noble Law wants to review military employment laws and discuss their relevance for employees and employers alike. Veteran Discrimination in the Workplace The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act …
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Employment Law Issues in Sports

Employment law issues in sports result in some of the most prominent discussions of employee rights and employer obligations in American life. Sexual harassment, workplace investigations, and vaccine mandates (a key issue in the NBA this year) are common discussion points in workplaces, whether your job is televised nationally or not. Today, The Noble Law wants to share a general overview of some employment issues we’ve observed in the world of sports recently. Baseball: Negotiations between the Major League Baseball …
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Motherhood in the Workplace: Mother’s Day 2022

Motherhood in the workplace (and the experiences that come with even considering the possibility) will play a role in the way a career unfolds for a great deal of employees. Many working women who take time away from full-time employment to raise children return to the workforce and find that it will take decades to find similar salaries and responsibility to what they once held, if they ever do. On this Mother’s Day, we want to take a tongue-in-cheek look …
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Name, Image, and Likeness Contracts (NIL)

Name, Image, and Likeness contracts (NIL) will undoubtedly change the way college athletics operates. In fact, that is about the only thing that all parties involved in this new endeavor can agree on! Today’s blog digs into what NIL means, what effects it is having on student-athletes, and where we go from here. What is NIL? Name, Image, and Likeness contracts refer to the ability of student-athletes to make money off of their notoriety as athletes. The NCAA had prevented …
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Workplace Protections for Transgender Employees

Workplace protections for transgender employees are real, but many trans employees may face challenges in having those protections feel meaningful and relevant. In 2020, the Supreme Court decided Bostock v. Clayton County. In that case, they held that Title VII of the workplace protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protect transgender individuals from discriminatory actions in the workplace. This means that transgender employees are legally protected against: Being fired or denied a promotion for being trans Retaliatory actions …
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Discrimination: Formerly Incarcerated Employees

As you can imagine, we talk about workplace discrimination quite a bit at The Noble Law. Much of our work occurs when employees are dealing with racial discrimination, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, or other forms of discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination against formerly incarcerated employees, on the other hand, usually takes place before employment begins. One of the themes we focus on the most is why employees deserve a work environment where they are respected and safe. A financially stable …
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Living Wage and Minimum Wage – State Overview

Living wage and minimum wage. There’s a distinct difference between the two. For employees working at an hourly rate, it is essential that their employer follow all relevant laws regarding employee pay, overtime, and leave. Employees who make the federal minimum wage, or close to it, are automatically classified as non-exempt, meaning the employer is legally required to pay overtime rates for every hour over 40 in a work week. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees who have …
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