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Operator tech claims workplace discrimination

Gender equality has made major strides in recent decades. However, in the modern business world, workplace discrimination on the basis of sex remains an issue. It is unlawful for a company in Texas to treat an employee or job applicant differently just because she is a woman; so if this happens, the individual whose rights have allegedly been violated may elect to file a claim against the employer.

In an out-of-state situation, a woman filed a lawsuit against her former employer. She claimed that the company mistreated her due to the fact that she was a woman. The woman worked as an operator technician at the facility. Male workers essentially told her that women weren't supposed to be in her position. She said she complained about the situation to her supervisors multiple times, but to no avail.

The supervisors simply gave her poor evaluations in retaliation for her complaints, according to her lawsuit. The woman formally complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and then was blamed by the company for her male co-worker's behavior. She was put on probation and then suspended and fired even though this male co-worker confessed that he was really at fault in the situation. The woman is seeking back and front pay as well as damages for the loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and emotional pain and suffering.

When harassment or a wrongful termination occurs due to workplace discrimination, filing a claim against the company may help to hold the company accountable. It is important to know exactly what facts need to be proved in order to achieve a successful outcome in this type of case in Texas. Monetary relief and even reinstatement in a job are among the many remedies possible in such a situation.

Source: Business Management Daily, Operator tech sues chemical company for sex discrimination, No author, March 16, 2014

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