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Answer: From everything you told me, the possible bases for a lawsuit would be discrimination and defamation. All the other things, such as micromanaging, the other office trying to undermine your office - not a basis for a suit.
It would certainly help if several people joined together in a discrimination complaint and/or lawsuit.
Since it sounds as though there are enough employees, you and your colleagues have the right to file a complaint with both the state discrimination agency and the federal one, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). However, it's my understanding that you can only file a complaint based on discrimination that happened in the last 180 days, but you should check with the agencies. (I'm thinking you can file on the discrimination, including discriminatory comments, as well as retaliation for protesting the discrimination).
In Texas, you can contact the state agency here: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/rpm/rpmsubcrd.html
There is also some additional very helpful information here: http://www.tlsc.org/erp1.html
You can contact the EEOC here: http://www.eeoc.gov/ (there's a ton of great information at this website!)
If you start with the state agency, in most states they'll file a complaint with the EEOC on your behalf at the same time.
There are deadlines for filing, so don't delay!
Complaint investigations are free. They're not always the best, XXXXX XXXXX do get a free investigation. If it looks like they are going to file a "no cause" finding, withdraw your complaint before they do. That way, if you go to court, a "no cause" finding can't be used against you.
Another option is for you to schedule consultations with two or three employment attorneys with at least five years of experience. If several of you go together, that cuts down any costs per person. You can find such attorneys here:
It's fine to go in for consultations, but don't actually HIRE an attorney without first checking references. And don't try to pick the attorney's brain on the phone. Schedule an appointment and visit the office, like you would for a doctor!
Unfortunately, without a contract or union, employers can be harassing, critical, mean, nasty, and etc, as long as that treatment is not based on illegal discrimination.
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