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Understanding What Laws Apply To An Injury Lawyer in Tyler Texas
Unlike labor and employment law, personal injury law comes from what we call the “common law.” This is law that has evolved over the centuries, the notions of which were brought from England. It is court-made law. By and large, there are no legislative enactments that secure your rights to be free from the harm inflicted by others. Thus, there are no links to these laws because they are not written in the codes enacted by our legislature. Unfortunately, the “personal injury” laws that have been passed by our legislature in the past decade are designed to limit the common law and protect the wrongdoer, not the victim.
Here are a brief lists of the most common protections we use in our personal injury practice. If you live in East Texas, and have found yourself injured as a result of another person’s negligence, please call our office for a full and free consultation. We have many clients who were injured in a car accident in who visit us in our Tyler law office, who simply just want to know their rights after a car accident totaled their car.
Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits race, sex, national origin and religious discrimination. It is the federal law that also makes sexual harassment illegal. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, it is administered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was also passed during the Johnson Administration. It prevents discrimination on the basis of age. The Act is also administered by the EEOC.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1991. Its application is not limited to the employment setting. The employment-related aspect of the ADA, like Title VII and the ADEA, is administered by the EEOC.
There is a comparable state law that tracks the federal laws against race, sex, national origin, religious, age and disability discrimination. It is called the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA), which was passed by the then-Democratically-controlled state house in Texas in 1983. It is found in the Texas Labor Code and is administered by the Texas Commission on Human Rights (TCHR).
In 1993, Democratic President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act, administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This law offers job protection to those who must take limited leave from their employment to care for their own serious health condition or that of a close family member, or who adopt children. It is a hallmark of “family values” legislation.