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Christmas party turns into a workplace discrimination lawsuit

A woman who worked for an obstetrician outside Texas alleges she was fired unjustly. She is accusing the facility and her former superior of workplace discrimination based on her sex. She has filed her case against the defendants in a federal court.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was to appear at a private Christmas party to which she was personally invited. She claims that she already had plans with her family and was unable to attend. When she came back to work after the party was over, she claims that her superior began to interrogate her to find out why she did not make an appearance.

The woman claims her superior sent her text messages, scolding her for not showing up. He apparently did not think that the reason she failed to appear was good enough and fired her. The plaintiff asserts that she had always performed her job in a satisfactory manner and did not have any disciplinary actions on her record, but that did not stop her from getting terminated.

Before the party incident had occurred, the plaintiff was purportedly exposed to a hostile environment by her superior. She claims that she was subjected to unwelcome touching from him and inappropriate remarks. The woman asserts that she was fired due to workplace discrimination. It is illegal for Texas employers to discriminate against workers due to certain protected classifications, including gender. Those who believe they have been victimized have the right to pursue claims for legal relief through the civil court system.

Source:, "Mingo Co. woman accuses obstetrician of sex discrimination", Kyla Asbury, Feb. 26, 2016

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