According to a recent study, lawsuits based on family care or pregnancy discrimination are on the rise. The Center for Worklife Law at the University of California produced the study. The Center found that lawsuits based on pregnancy discrimination or caring for family members more than tripled from 2006 to 2015. The study also found that employees won 67% of these cases that went to trial. The study looked at 4,400 such cases.

Cynthia Thomas Calvert, senior adviser to the Center, says American families are assuming a greater share of the burden of caring for persons with disabilities and those persons who are aging. That leads to greater stresses at work. See CBS news report.

There is no specific federal statute or Texas statute that addresses discrimination against care-givers. But, the Family Medical Leave Act does protect some workers who need time off to care for members of his/her immediate family. And, various other statutes protect persons who need accommodation for disability or who are pregnant.