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.
In another claim, a white human relations coordinator claims that she was surprised to hear that she was losing her job in July 2014. According to her complaint, she should not have lost her job and alleges that the hospital did not follow its own protocols. She claims that if it had, the health care center would have fired a black employee instead of her.
A representative for the hospital stated that the pending claims are false and that it intends to defend itself against the allegations. The same legal counsel is representing the parties with respect to the separate race discrimination claims, and stated that even though both were filed within a close time frame, that should not discredit the cases. Texas workers who feel that they have been discriminated against based on their protected status characteristics can elect to file claims against their employers. Based upon evidence of the discrimination, the employees may be awarded lost wages and benefits, monetary damages and related financial relief. The workers may also be reinstated to their former positions, if applicable.
Source: mlive.com, "Lawsuits by black and white workers claim racial discrimination at Flint hospital", Gary Ridley, Feb. 12, 2015