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Race discrimination at Texas workplaces may have deeper impacts

Many Texas residents have likely experienced traumatic events in their lives. These events may have had lasting impacts that could easily affect a person's life. Therefore, when another individual acts in an uncalled-for manner, the traumatized person could be considerably affected. One woman in another state recently faced such issues with race discrimination at work.

Reports stated that the woman worked for her state's Department of Public Safety and was one of only four African-American employees. While on the job, another worker used offensive and derogatory speech, which exacerbated the woman's post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from racial harassment as a child. When she was younger, she suffered physical and emotional injuries due to discrimination and harassment, and due to her co-workers actions, she presumably felt unsafe in the workplace.

She filed a complaint with her supervisor regarding the behavior, but apparently, no corrective measures were carried out. The co-worker knew of her complaint but continued his harassing actions. Soon after her claim, the woman's superior began criticizing her for issues that had not been problems before her complaint. As a result of the situation, the woman decided to file a racial discrimination suit with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Discrimination of any kind can have lasting impacts on a person's life. When he or she continues to be harassed, especially at a place of employment, the situation may seem almost unbelievable. Unfortunately, race discrimination continues to be a prevalent issue in the workplace, and Texas residents who have suffering from such actions may wish to explore their legal options for seeking restitution.

Source: startribune.com, "Former state employee sues Minnesota for discrimination, retaliation", Mary Lynn Smith, March 3, 2017

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