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Did complaint of race discrimination cause retaliatory behavior?

It might seem odd to many Texas residents that in today's society, such a question even needs to be asked anymore. Nevertheless, a federal court in another part of the country needs to answer this question after a worker filed a complaint alleging that he suffered retaliation when he complained of race discrimination in his workplace. Discrimination of many types continues to occur here in Texas and elsewhere, and not enough employees are willing to take a stand against it for fear of being terminated, harassed or retaliated against.

The man who filed this lawsuit claims that his co-workers and supervisors consistently harassed him and made derogatory racial comments on a regular basis. When he attempted to complain about the behavior, his work environment grew hostile. In fact, he claims that he was demoted in retaliation for lodging a complaint with the company and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois alleges that the company, Continental Tire, failed to take action in response to his complaints. The company continued to allow the behavior even as it escalated. He further accuses the company of failing to ensure that all employees received equal treatment, in violation of his civil rights.

Sadly, age, gender and race discrimination continue to occur in workplaces across the country, including here in Texas. No one should be subjected to this behavior or the hostile work environments it often creates. Furthermore, victims' employers are required to investigate and take necessary actions to stop it when these complaints arise. If an employer fails to do so, further legal action could be appropriate.

Source:, "Employee at Continental Tire in Mount Vernon alleges racial discrimination", Noddy A. Fernandez, March 19, 2017

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