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Man files race discrimination suit against Texas company

Being able to get a job can be exciting, but being promoted to a higher position can be even more exhilarating. However, being denied the opportunity to advance due to one’s race can feel like a slap in the face. One Texas worker recently filed a race discrimination suit against his former employer for this very reason.

The man apparently began to work for VAM USA in 2008. While a utility employee there, the man claims that he got strong performance reviews. Still, he asserts that he was constantly passed over for advancement training as a result of his being black.

In 2011, he started to perform buck-on operator duties and passed a company test for this position the following year. Despite having gained the certification and experience required, the company allegedly refused to give him wages normally paid to someone in this position. He claims that he was terminated amid false accusations that he cursed and acted in an inappropriate manner toward non-black workers.

The man asserts that the company committed indifferent acts, recklessly and maliciously. In his race discrimination suit, he is pursuing damages for front pay, back pay and emotional distress. He’s also seeking punitive damages, which may be awarded in situations of egregious fault, as well as consequential damages. A person who is a victim of harassment and discrimination has the right to file a claim against the allegedly offending employer in Texas. Workers are protected by both state and federal laws and should they be able to establish financial liability by appropriate proof, our courts will consider specfic claims for an award of monetary damages and other relief.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Austin company sued for alleged racial discrimination", Matt Russell, July 22, 2014

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