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Texas woman accuses employer of gender discrimination

Gender discrimination has been outlawed in this country since 1964. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees or employment applicants on the basis of their gender. Nonetheless, unfortunately, employers here in San Antonio do sometimes allow gender discrimination to occur. Common types of illegal gender discrimination in the workplace include sexual harassment and paying women less than their male counterparts, or passing women up for promotions.

A woman in Sherman, Texas, recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer, accusing the pharmaceutical company of discriminating against her and ultimately firing her due to gender discrimination.

The woman had worked as a district manager for the company since March of 2008. She now claims that beginning in the spring of 2011, a regional manager began discriminating against her and other female employees of the company.

In the winter of 2012, the woman was fired. The company maintains that the woman was fired due to the nature of an email that she sent out, but the woman believes that she was fired as an act of sex discrimination.

She is now suing the company, seeking compensation for lost salary and benefits, as well as punitive damages, among other things.

In most cases, when a person is fired due to discrimination, the employer will point to a legitimate reason for the firing. It might be tardiness or a failure to meet unreasonable performance goals, for example. In many cases, however, it is possible for an employment law attorney to uncover and prove the employer's true motivation in order to obtain justice for the victim and hold the employer accountable for the unlawful actions.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Female pharma manager filed discrimination suit after losing job," Michelle Keahey, July 8, 2013

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