For one Texas man, the spirit of discrimination is alive and well. The man has worked for SAIA Motor Freight Line LLC of Dallas for nearly 40 years and is now suing the company, alleging infringement of his civil rights via age, race and disability discrimination as well as retaliatory action in his November 2012 firing.
The worker, a 63-year-old black male, requested a change in position in early 2012 after suffering from a series of work-related injuries. His workload was reduced to accommodate his injury, as required by law. However, the worker claims that around the time of his light duty assignment, his higher-ups began constantly pressuring him to retire. After a truck accident in which he was forced off the road, he was terminated, despite white drivers allegedly getting into equally bad or worse accidents without losing their jobs.
The worker’s lawsuit claims that his wrongful termination is a combination of retaliatory actions based on his disability, race and age. He is seeking damages for loss of wages and benefits, pain and suffering, back pay and loss of enjoyment of life, among other reasons.
In Texas, many victims of wrongful termination feel that there is no opportunity for recourse, because they were hired on an at will basis. At will states like Texas allow employers to terminate an employee with or without cause. However, in cases of discrimination, the employee at will denotation has exceptions. If you have been terminated from your job and believe that discrimination may have played a role, speaking with an employment law attorney can help you build a case.
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