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Worker claims he received a wrongful termination for being gay

Every day, many employees across the United States suffer in silence from unfair treatment. Many Texas employees believe that it is something that they are forced to accept and that nothing can be done, so they choose to say nothing. Others fear receiving a wrongful termination because their employers may retaliate against them. Sadly, in these times, discrimination can still exist, and it may cause workers to speak out to put a stop to it.

A former Lowe's worker is claiming that the store discriminated against him because he was a homosexual, causing him to lose his job. The former sales specialist worked for the company for almost 11 years prior to his termination. His disparate treatment started not long after he was brought on board, but it apparently got increasingly worse after he testified on behalf of another employee against the company in a sexual harassment case.

Former Bayer employee says age discrimination caused his firing

All Texas employees deserve to be valued, and those that have been with a company for a significant number of years should be looked upon admirably for their service. Unfortunately, some companies believe that long-term workers are financial drains because of their higher salaries and wish to terminate them to bring in younger, less expensive employees. By doing this, a company could be setting itself up for an age discrimination claim.

A man who worked for Bayer Cropscience since 1984 is claiming that, after his many years of service, he was illegally terminated. The man was a chemical plant operator and shift supervisor and was also one of the highest paid managers in his group. He was also among the oldest of the company's employees and had a long tenure with the company.

Woman claims her sexual harassment complaints were disregarded

A sexual harassment claim in the workplace is something that should be taken very seriously. It can be very difficult for victims to muster the courage to speak up about sexual harassment, and when they do, they expect that something will be done about the matter. Unfortunately, sometimes such claims are disregarded, as was demonstrated in a recent case for a woman who worked at U.S. Steel Oilwell Services in Texas.

In her complaint, the plaintiff stated that her supervisor would make inappropriate sexual comments toward her and made reference to her race. He allegedly would try to force physical contact upon her by forcing her to hug him and by grabbing at her. She claims that he threatened to call security on her for using the restroom if she did not engage in sexual acts. To get away from the situation, the woman asked to be transferred to another department.

Police officer claims she was the victim of sexual harassment

A police detective who worked in the Human Trafficking Unit claims that she suffered retaliation after speaking up about a hostile work environment. The highly decorated Texas detective received a Texas Purple Heart in 2006 after she was dragged from her vehicle and run over by a suspect. While she was working, she claims that she was subjected to sexual harassment from her male coworkers.

According to her case, the male detectives complained when she stopped them from unnecessarily coming in contact with nude female victims. She claims that she was blocked physically by the male officers so that they could spend more time with the women. Furthermore, she alleges that the men would show her lewd photos of women on the Internet and make sexual comments and jokes. The plaintiff,who happens to be lesbian, was also asked by the men if she wanted to have sex with the women they showed her on the websites.

Woman claims a wrongful termination after a medical episode

Many people who suffer from disabilities are still able to have gainful employment in the workplace when their situations are monitored. In most cases, this will require reasonable accommodations from the Texas employer to allow them to work to their fullest potentials. Unfortunately, there are some instances when supervisors are not adequately trained on how to handle these types of situations and may choose to remove the worker unnecessarily by issuing a wrongful termination instead.

The Art Museum of South Texas is being sued by the former assistant to the director for being fired due to her medical condition. The woman claims that when she was hired, she alerted the company of her illness and that she may have manic episodes. She asserts that these episodes could be controlled if she were removed from the stress situation and taken home.

Man believes workplace discrimination led to his termination

A man who worked for Fandeli International Corporation is suing the company, as well as two of his superiors, for terminating him without just cause. He is accusing the defendants of multiple offenses. The offenses include subjecting him to a hostile work environment, workplace discrimination and violating the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. 

Several months after he was promoted, the black plaintiff claims that several of his non-black co-workers began to make belittling comments in regards to his race. They also allegedly made inferences that they were going to sabotage his future. He reportedly told his manager about the issues he was having with his co-workers, but claims that nothing changed. The hostile work environment purportedly continued and he said that he was threatened for reporting the incidents.

Participation in an investigation leads to a retaliation lawsuit

Employees are often faced with making difficult decisions that could directly impact their fellow co-workers or their companies. Sometimes Texas workers are forced to make tough decisions concerning their participation in investigations that could adversely affect their companies. If it is something that they are required to do by law, then they are legally obligated to participate. Those who participate in such activities should not expect to be the victims of retaliation, but that is not always the case.

A man who works for a Texas school district as a school business volunteer supervisor and press officer accused the school district and the school's superintendent of retaliating against him. During a meeting of the school board, the superintendent allegedly proposed eliminating three positions. One of the positions was being held by the plaintiff and the other two positions were not occupied.

Pregnancy allegedly an issue for female UPS drivers

When a woman is with child, it should be an exciting time in her life. Working should not become a matter of contention or stress for a woman when she is employed during her pregnancy. Unfortunately, many Texas women are not provided the accommodations that they need and either lose their jobs or feel that they are forced to resign.

A former UPS driver is claiming that she was forced to resign from her job because she was not given necessary accommodations while pregnant. According to her complaint, after she became pregnant, she provided a doctor's note that said that she was not able to lift objects that weighed more than 20 pounds. For her position, the company required that drivers have the ability to lift up to 70 pounds. Even though the majority of what she handled were overnight letters, she claims the company still required her to be able to fully perform her job.

Workplace discrimination suits nets $185 million for one worker

In modern society, women have the right to expect equal treatment in the workplace. They have this same right during pregnancy and after giving birth. When employers fail to treat female employees equally, they run the risk of facing a workplace discrimination suit in a Texas courtroom. 

A woman who started her career as a customer service representative with AutoZone moved her way through the ranks to be promoted to a sales manager. Her goal was to become a store manager, but she felt that no matter what she did, she was unable to get her desired promotion. She claims that she was finally able to get promoted after she had spoken to human resources. According to her complaint, high-level executives were instructed to get rid of female employees and not allow them to advance.

Child death investigation leads to a wrongful termination claim

It is not always easy to stand up for what is right and choose to speak out, especially when the situation occurs at work. Texas employees who do voice their concerns about wrongdoings should not be in fear of losing their jobs. However, some companies may be trying to hide a secret and do not always react properly in regard to whistleblowers. It is possible that a business may try to keep a secret under wraps and therefore issue a wrongful termination to ensure silence over the matter.

A man who worked for the state and investigated child deaths that occurred under the care of Texas Child Protective Services is accusing the Health and Human Services Commission of firing him for being a whistleblower. The plaintiff alleges that he was recognized for all of his hard work and was moved through the company ranks quickly. His position ultimately led him to being put onto a special task unit that would take a closer look at the death of 160 children who had been under CPS' care.

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