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RULE §819.11Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in Subchapter B, Equal Employment Opportunity Provisions; Subchapter C, Equal Employment Opportunity Reports, Training, and Reviews; Subchapter D, Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints and Appeals Process; Subchapter E, Equal Employment Opportunity Deferrals; and Subchapter F, Equal Employment Opportunity Records and Recordkeeping shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Bona fide occupational qualification--A qualification:

    (A) that is reasonably related to the satisfactory performance of the duties of a job; and

    (B) for which there is a factual basis for believing that no members of the excluded group would be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job with safety and efficiency.

  (2) Civil Rights Act--The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976, as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; and Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21, regarding Employment Discrimination.

  (3) Complaint--A written statement made under oath stating that an unlawful employment practice has been committed, setting forth the facts on which the complaint is based, and received within 180 days of the alleged unlawful employment practice.

  (4) Conciliation--The settlement of a dispute by mutual written agreement in order to avoid litigation where a determination has been made that there is reasonable cause to believe an unlawful employment practice has occurred.

  (5) Disability--A mental or physical impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity of an individual, a record of such mental or physical impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment as set forth in §3(2) of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and Texas Labor Code §21.002(6).

  (6) Employer--A person who is engaged in an industry affecting commerce and who has 15 or more employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year and any agent of that person. The term includes an individual elected to public office in Texas or a political subdivision of Texas, or a political subdivision and any state agency or instrumentality, including public institutions of higher education, regardless of the number of individuals employed.

  (7) Local commission--Created by one or more political subdivisions acting jointly, pursuant to Texas Labor Code §21.152, and recognized as a Fair Employment Practices Agency by EEOC pursuant to U.S. Civil Rights Act, Title VII, §706, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.

  (8) Mediation--A process to settle a dispute by mutual written agreement among the complainant, respondent, and CRD prior to reasonable cause determination or dismissal of a perfected complaint.

  (9) Perfected complaint--An employment discrimination complaint that CRD has determined meets all of the requirements of Texas Labor Code, Chapter 21, and for which CRD will initiate an investigation.

Source Note: The provisions of this §819.11 adopted to be effective September 27, 2005, 30 TexReg 6065; amended to be effective June 16, 2014, 39 TexReg 4659

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