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Workplace discrimination suit filed against Texas company

Being treated differently from one’s colleagues because of race can feel like a slap in the face of an employee who feels that he or she has made positive contributions to the company. Federal law forbids companies from discriminating against people on the basis of protected factors such as race, sex and age -- all of which are factors that people can’t personally control. One woman in Texas recently filed a workplace discrimination suit against a company she claimed mistreated her on the basis of race.

The woman said the company, called HSMTX/Liberty LLC, terminated her employment because she was black. She served in the role of respiratory therapist for the facility starting in June 2013, according to her suit. However, the nursing director accused her of shouting at a white employee, she said.

Based on the suit, an investigation was then launched, during which the nursing director only took statements from white employees, even though many black colleagues tried to give their statements too. This director allegedly was known for her racist actions, the woman said. The woman was ultimately fired in Nov. 2013.

The woman is pursuing reinstatement of the job or front pay, back pay and damages. When a person in Texas is treated unfairly due to race, it’s natural to get perturbed and confused as to why the behavior would be allowed at the company. The person has the right to file a workplace discrimination claim in an attempt to legally hold the company responsible for its alleged racist actions.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Liberty Healthcare Center sued over alleged racial discrimination in employment", Annie Cosby, June 23, 2014

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