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Former employees are accusing Alcon of workplace discrimination

Women who were previously employed by Alcon are claiming that they were not given equal treatment in comparison to their male colleagues. The Texas-based company, a division of Novartis, is being accused of workplace discrimination by the women, and they are requesting a trial by jury. The plaintiffs were called ambitious and very talented according to press releases, but all of their hard work was allegedly not being compensated.

According to the complaint, the company had a "boy's club" mentality that clearly did not favor the women who worked there. The women were allegedly held back from furthering their careers and not given the same opportunities for advancement as their male co-workers. The plaintiffs are also accusing the company of paying men in similar positions more money than their female counterparts.

Prayer at a party ends in a workplace discrimination lawsuit

Talking about religion can lead to arguments in any social setting and can be especially conflicting in the workplace. Texas workers have the right to agree to disagree, but they should not be subjected to retaliation in the workplace for their opinions. Two women who worked for VitalPet are alleging that they lost their jobs due to workplace discrimination because they did not share the same religious views as the company's CEO.

The two veterinary clinic workers claim that the issues started after a holiday party. At the request of the company's CEO, a Christian group prayer was conducted at the party. Because it was not something in which she believed, one woman was offended by the prayer. She tried to get away from the situation but was reportedly not allowed to leave.

Woman denied opportunities alleges workplace discrimination

All employees should be treated fairly regardless of any protected status characteristic. Sadly, in this day and age, workplace discrimination continues to plague employees across the country. However, aggrieved Texas workers often find hope by turning to the court system for assistance.

A 65-year-old woman who worked for Golden Pass LNG Terminal claims that she was the victim of age and race discrimination and a hostile work environment. The plaintiff, an African-American, began working for the company in 2008 as an experienced financial analyst. Five years later, she was placed under a new supervisor, and, from that point forward, her work environment took a turn for the worst.

Ex Shell worker claims he was harassed due to age discrimination

It is a fact of life that people age, but this does not mean that they are any less qualified to do their jobs. Older Texas workers should not be made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace or be treated in such a way that causes them feel less valued. A man who was employed by Shell Oil alleges this is what happened to him, which prompted his filing an age discrimination claim.

The 61-year-old worker worked as a contractor for nine years. He was later transferred from another state to Texas, and that was when things apparently began to change. The plaintiff asserts that his coworkers made derogatory comments about his age. Furthermore, he claims he was also harassed for eating a vegan diet to help him combat prostate cancer and because he had difficulty hearing.

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.

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