Understanding the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD)

The Role and Responsibilities of TWC-CRD in Upholding Workplace Rights

At Vargas Guerra, LLP, we recognize the importance of understanding state-level entities that protect workers' rights. The Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division (TWC-CRD) plays a pivotal role in enforcing anti-discrimination laws within the state. This page provides an overview of the TWC-CRD, its duties, and its jurisdiction.

What is the TWC-CRD?

The TWC-CRD is a state agency responsible for enforcing Texas laws against employment discrimination. It is dedicated to ensuring fair and equal treatment of all workers in Texas, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or other protected characteristics.

Duties of the TWC-CRD

  • Investigation of Discrimination Complaints: TWC-CRD investigates claims of workplace discrimination brought by employees. This includes discrimination in hiring, firing, promotions, training, wages, and other aspects of employment.
  • Enforcement of State Laws: The division enforces state laws that align with federal anti-discrimination laws, ensuring compliance within the Texas workforce.
  • Education and Outreach: TWC-CRD provides educational resources and outreach programs to inform both employers and employees about their rights and responsibilities under the law.

Jurisdiction of TWC-CRD

  • Private and Public Employers: The division has jurisdiction over private employers with 15 or more employees and all public employers, regardless of size.
  • Broad Range of Industries: TWC-CRD's jurisdiction spans a wide range of industries across Texas, ensuring statewide adherence to anti-discrimination laws.
  • Collaboration with Federal Agencies: While operating at the state level, TWC-CRD often works in tandem with federal agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to address and resolve employment discrimination issues.

Filing a Complaint with TWC-CRD

Employees who believe they have been discriminated against in the workplace can file a complaint with the TWC-CRD. The complaint process typically involves:

  1. Submission of a Formal Complaint: Detailing the nature of the alleged discrimination.
  2. Investigation: TWC-CRD investigates the claim, which may include interviews, document reviews, and other fact-finding methods.
  3. Resolution: Depending on the findings, the division may seek to mediate a resolution or take further legal action.

How Vargas Guerra, LLP Can Help

If you believe you have been a victim of workplace discrimination, Vargas Guerra, LLP can assist you in navigating the complaint process with TWC-CRD. Our services include:

  • Legal Consultation: Assessing your case and advising on the viability of filing a complaint with TWC-CRD.
  • Assistance in Filing a Complaint: Guiding you through the process of filing a discrimination complaint.
  • Representation and Advocacy: Providing legal representation and advocating for your rights throughout the process.

Contact Us for Legal Support

Understanding your rights and the role of agencies like TWC-CRD is essential in addressing workplace discrimination. For expert legal guidance and support, contact Vargas Guerra, LLP.

For more information regarding TWC:  http://www.twc.texas.gov