In Texas, you should know that any kind of discrimination is unlawful in most cases, and racial discrimination can result in serious problems for employers. In this case discussed on Feb. 3 in the news, racial discrimination allegedly made one man’s work environment hostile, and he claims he was treated differently than his white coworkers. According to the story, he was even fired due to someone else setting a machine incorrectly.
This is probably not the first time you’ve heard about discrimination against a person, and it’s not likely to be the last. In this story, the Hispanic worker claims that his civil rights were violated at Lufkin Industries, Inc., where he was denied overtime, raises, scheduling flexibility, and additional training that his white colleagues were able to get. He was allegedly even allowed to work on a machine that he had no training for, which could be a health and safety concern. The man filed the lawsuit on Jan. 29 in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division, according to the story, after he was terminated on Sept. 12, 2012.
His complaint states that in 2012, a white employee pushed him, but he was the one disciplined. After that, in Sept. 2012, one of the machines he worked on was incorrectly set, and so the work he did had to be either scrapped or reworked. This resulted in him being fired.
The man had not been trained on the machine at the time of termination. According to the news, the man is now seeking punitive damages, court costs, and compensation due to the way he was treated at work. The case will be heard by the district judge shortly.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, “Former worker sues industry over alleged discrimination” Melody Dareing, Feb. 03, 2014