A man in Texas is claiming that his former employer violated his rights when he was wrongfully terminated from his job at Georgia-Pacific Wood Products in Corrigan. According to his lawsuit, the man believes he was fired due to racial discrimination and for having to file a worker's compensation claim after he was injured at work.
His complaint states that he was working for Georgia-Pacific starting in 2013, and he found that his supervisor was disciplining African-American workers more than others. He claims that because of this, there were denials of promotions for African-American workers and also denials of raises. On top of that, he believes this was the reason behind the termination of the African-American employees.
While working in July, the man injured himself at work. His wrist was hurt, but his employer allegedly claimed the injury was only cramps and didn't recommend that the man should see a doctor. On July 15, the man went to the doctor and a potential hematoma and sprain were discovered. At that point, he filed for workers' compensation.
After filing the claim, the man states that work became worse, with his supervisor disciplining him for actions others were not disciplined for. The supervisor allegedly accused him of being on drugs, but after testing, that proved to be false. Despite that, the man was suspended from his job. Now, he has faced wrongful termination and has had a denial of benefits. If the lawsuit is granted in favor of the worker, then the supervisor and company would be held liable for discrimination, retaliation and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Being fired from a job for no other reason than your race is completely unacceptable. If you find yourself in this position, you do have a right to complain and file that complaint as a lawsuit. You may be able to get compensation for your time and the earnings you haven't been able to receive.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Man says former employer violated the ADA, Texas Labor Code" April Bamberg, Aug. 27, 2014