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Pilgrim's Pride accused of workplace discrimination

An employee of Pilgrim's Pride Corp. claims that he was treated unfairly because of his race and has taken his complaints to court. The plaintiff was hired to work as a shop attendant at a Texas location in 2009. Initially, the man did not suffer any workplace discrimination, but he claims that over the last few years the situation has dramatically changed.

The plaintiff -- who happens to be black -- noticed that his work conditions were becoming less favorable. He allegedly was subjected to inappropriate comments about his race. Additionally, he noticed that his hours had decreased, and he was not being paid equally to his co-workers in the same positions. All of these changes seemed to happen without explanation.

The man claims he tried multiple times to advance within the company but never succeeded. He allegedly noticed that other non-black employees were getting the positions that he wanted. These employees allegedly had less seniority, experience and education, yet they still seemed to be able to secure promotions before him.

After six years, the plaintiff had enough and filed a complaint in a federal court against Pilgrim's Pride. He is accusing the company of six counts of workplace discrimination. The man's claim was also filed under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. He is requesting a trial by jury and is seeking legal fees and monetary damages of $75,000. Employers cannot make decisions on promotions and raises based on any legally protected statuses, and aggrieved workers have the right to file claims against their employers.

Source:, "Discrimination charges filed against Pilgrim's Pride", Molly English-Bowers, Sept. 30, 2015

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