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Woman claims workplace discrimination based on age in Texas

When someone is offered a job, a feeling of excitement at the chance to prove oneself can be expected. However, that excitement can soon become deflated and turn into anger if the person is mistreated on the job because of age. After an employee faces workplace discrimination, he/she may feel violated but can pursue legal action. One woman in Texas is dealing with this scenario.

A sales representative recently filed a lawsuit in which she claimed that she was a victim of age discrimination. She said that she was fired from her job and that the company replaced her with younger and prettier employees. In addition, these new employees received more pay than she did, according to her claim.

The sales representative said that the company set her up for termination by altering or totally ignoring sales results in a way that made her appear to have subpar performance. She is seeking an award of damages for damage to her business reputation, emotional pain, loss of benefits, front pay and back pay. In addition, she is pursuing an award of damages to cover exemplary damages, attorney's fees, court costs and interest.

Companies legally are not allowed to discriminate against employees on the basis of age. A person cannot be mistreated in the areas of hiring, firing, promotion, compensation or other terms and conditions of employment on the basis of not only age but also sex, race and religion, for example. When an employee experiences workplace discrimination in Texas, he or she has the right to take legal action against the employer and seek various remedies depending on the specific situation.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, Sales representative sues claiming she was fired and replaced by more attractive employees, Michelle Keahey, Oct. 8, 2013

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