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Neiman Marcus salesman claims workplace discrimination

A fragrance counter salesman felt that he lost his job unjustly, despite his incredible sales record. The man believes that he was fired due to workplace discrimination because he is homosexual and Jewish. He is now fighting back and filing a claim against the Texas-based Neiman Marcus.

The plaintiff began working for the store in 2005 and claims that he was harassed by his supervisor. He alleges that when he attempted to take days off for trips to Israel for religious reasons, his boss made derogatory comments about the country. He also claims that he suffered negative remarks regarding his sexual orientation. For having the highest company sales, he was given a reward of two $900 bottles of cologne, but he asserts that he never received his second bottle and that his supervisor had taken it. When he called the company for his second bottle, his boss was angered that he had talked to upper executives, and his treatment allegedly worsened.

Neiman Marcus contends that the man was fired because the company received emails from customers claiming that employees were selling samples online in China. After an investigation was conducted, the plaintiff and another employee were terminated for passing out expensive free samples excessively. The man was known for having an exceptional sales record and selling $1 million worth of products per year. After the man lost his job, he filed for bankruptcy and had to move out of his house.

The former salesman filed a complaint in a superior court, claiming workplace discrimination against the department store giant. He is asking to be awarded monetary compensation for damages as well as for the emotional duress he endured. Texas workers who feel that they were terminated because of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation may choose to file a claim against their employer. If the claim is successfully navigated, the employee may be brought back to work or awarded other compensation based upon the circumstances of the case.

Source: losangelesregister.com, "Something stinks at that perfume counter", Kelly Puente, Sept. 2, 2014

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