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Woman claims wrongful termination due to previous complaint

After hearing some offensive comments, a former housekeeper claims that she lost her job for reporting them. The plaintiff was working at the New Boston Nursing Center in Texas when her position was subcontracted to a third party. As a result, she became an employee of Heathcare Services Group (HSG). It was after joining HSG that she claims that the troubles began that led to her eventual wrongful termination.

According to her complaint, she was engaged in a night-long project with one of her male co-workers. When they took a break, she claims that three of the facility's residents and her co-worker were talking when he began to tell crude stories. The woman asserts that she and the others were offended by what he was saying.

Hospital has at least 2 race discrimination claims pending

Most would like to believe that the days of discrimination are in the past, but unfortunately, they still can exist. Many workers in Texas and elsewhere are still subject disparate treatment in the workplace. This could prompt the workers to turn to the law for assistance. Such claims were demonstrated recently when a medical center in another state was involved in at least two race discrimination claims from former employees.

A black executive vice president for the hospital is alleging that he was not permitted to hire a black woman as legal counsel for the hospital. He also made a stand against how the company handled an issue when a white father purportedly said that he would not allow a black nurse to treat his child. The child was allegedly moved to another employee's care, and there was a note written on the assignment for the child that stated no black nurses were to care for the baby. Those women settled their claim and were paid more than $250,000.

Ex-Starbucks employee accuses the company of sexual harassment

Coffee lovers everywhere may be surprised to hear the accusations being made about Starbucks. The company synonymous with coffee in Texas and across the across the United States is being accused of sexual harassment by one of its former baristas. As an early riser, the woman noted that working the early shift would be a great fit for her. She loved working for the company and enjoyed the customers, but she said all of that changed once a new manager was appointed.

She claims the inappropriate treatment began with insults, such as being called retarded because she burned herself on coffee and had difficulty finding the first aid kit. Her situation allegedly escalated when her manager is said to have grabbed her and forcefully held her for no reason. She said that it happened on three occasions. She started to dislike coming to work and began to question if it was going to happen again or if it was happening to anyone else.

Man claims he was passed over due to workplace discrimination

Promotion is the goal of nearly every employee. When employers are determining who to promote, the most qualified candidate for the job is the one who is normally chosen; however, there are instances when this is not what happens. Some Texas residents who have been denied promotions to which they believe they are entitled look further into the matters and determine that their employers' decisions were based on workplace discrimination.

A black employee of Oil States Energy Services claims that he was the victim of racial discrimination. The plaintiff allegedly applied numerous time for a promotion to the position of district manager, but to no avail. He purportedly asked about the promotion and was told that no black worker would be promoted to that job.

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.

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