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Man claims workplace discrimination on basis of sex, race

An employee recently filed a discrimination suit after complaining about being sexually and racially discriminated against. This type of situation can be humiliating for a person in Texas who simply wants to do his or her job without dealing with a hostile environment. In this workplace discrimination case, the company has agreed to settle the suit by paying $55,000.

This situation began when a worker said he was being mistreated on the basis of his sex and race and reported the situation to the company. He said he was sexually touched in an appropriate manner. He also was called derogatory names, he said.

The African-American man said that the company was aware of the discrimination situation but did not take steps to prevent or correct the problem. The male worker ended up being terminated after he filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the settlement resulting from the suit, the company has to institute a policy that forbids discrimination. In addition, it has to advertise its dedication to protecting workers from harassment and train new employees on this subject.

Both sexual and racial harassment are in violation of federal legislation. Federal laws also make it illegal for a company in Texas to retaliate against an employee who has complained about being discriminated against on the job site. If a person experiences workplace discrimination in our state, he or she legally can seek remedies such as reinstatement into a former position, back pay and damages for mental anguish or emotional distress, based on the specifics of one's situation.

Source: ksat.com, "Cal-Maine Foods to pay $55K to settle discrimination, retaliation suit", Troy Blevins, April 30, 2014

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