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Racial slurs allegedly prompt a workplace discrimination claim

All employees should be mindful of what they say in the workplace. Using language that could be found offensive to others could cause some Texas workers to feel uncomfortable. If these workers complain and nothing is done to right the situation, they may feel that they are the victims of workplace discrimination.

An African-American woman was hired by a federal job corps company in 2010 as a resident adviser. She claims that she was laughed at when she complained about words said by her co-workers that offended her. In 2011, she alleges that she began hearing derogatory racial remarks. These epithets made her feel uncomfortable and upset her, so she reported the situation.

From 2012 to 2013, the plaintiff allegedly reported the disturbing language five times. She asserts that the human resources manager laughed at her allegations and told her that there was no basis to her claims. Later in 2013, the woman was terminated under what she believes to be false pretenses. The plaintiff does not believe that an adequate investigation was made into her claims.

She filed a claim against the company and three staffers, accusing them of harassment and workplace discrimination. It is illegal for employers in Texas to discriminate against employees based on characteristics that are protected by the law. Similarly situated workers may choose to file claims and possibly be awarded damages for the mental distress they suffer as the result of any wrongful conduct. The employees may also be reinstated into their former positions if the situation is warranted.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Former Job Corps worker alleges racism", May 22, 2015

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