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Not so silent night: Dallas emergency siren system hacked

DALLAS — Hackers struck the sirens Dallas uses to alert residents to take shelter from inclement weather, triggering intermittent false alarms for about an hour and a half until officials deactivated the system early Saturday morning.


House defies Senate, decries vouchers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas' leading "school choice" proponent, got the House floor vote on vouchers he demanded — but not his desired result.


Texas cheers suspension of federal surveys along Red River

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' attorney general is applauding the suspension of federal surveys along the Red River that property owners claimed would help the government seize their land.


Faberge egg reunited with jeweled elephant at museum

DALLAS (AP) — A Faberge egg and the jeweled elephant designed to fit inside it are being reunited for the first time in almost a century thanks to a loan from Queen Elizabeth II to a Texas museum.


Texas Roadhouse to pay $12M to settle age discrimination lawsuit

BOSTON —Texas Roadhouse will pay $12 million and furnish other relief to settle an age discrimin?ation lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced on Monday. The EEOC had filed suit seeking relief for a class of applicants the EEOC charged had been denied front-of-the-house positions, such as servers, hosts, server assistants and bartenders, because of their age, 40 years and older.  As part of the settlement, Texas Roadhouse will change its hiring and recruiting practices.

The EEOC’s lawsuit alleged that Texas Roadhouse violated federal law by engaging in a nationwide pattern or practice of age discrimination in hiring hourly front-of-the-house employees.  The case, which was scheduled for a retrial on May 15, had resulted in a hung jury after nearly a four-week trial earlier this year.

“I am pleased to see this matter come to a mutually agreed-upon resolution,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) this year, it is as important as ever to recognize the very real consequences of age discrimination and the need for job opportunities for older workers.”

The consent decree resolving the case, which was approved by Judge Denise Casper, sets up a claims process that will identify and compensate those affected individuals age 40 and older who applied to Texas Roadhouse for a front-of-the-house position be?tween Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2014.

The decree includes terms that will ensure that Texas Roadhouse complies with the law.

“As a national law enforcement agency, the EEOC will vigorously protect the rights of job applicants to ensure that hiring decisions are based on abilities, not age,” EEOC Deputy General Counsel James Lee said.

In addition to the monetary relief, the consent decree, which will be in force for three and a half years, includes an injunction preventing Texas Roadhouse from discriminating on the basis of age in the future. It also requires the company to establish a diversity director and pay for a decree compliance monitor, who is charged with ensuring that the company complies with the decree’s terms. These terms require Texas Roadhouse to comply with the ADEA and to increase its recruitment and hiring of employees age 40 and older for front-of-the-house positions.

Texas Roadhouse’s nearest locations to Sulphur Springs are in Tyler, McKinney, Garland and Mesquite.

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