Texas workers are generally ethical and honest people, so, when they witness any type of discrimination, they may blow the whistle on their employers. This takes courage, because there will always be a chance of retaliation. An employee of a company in another state recently filed a lawsuit against his employer after suffering retaliation for blowing the whistle on obvious age discrimination by the company.
The lawsuit states that the company for whom the man worked dismissed a 47-year-old employee and, as Transportation Operations Manager, it was the plaintiff's responsibility to hire a replacement. The plaintiff contends that the defendant arranged an interview with a candidate prior to the vacancy being advertised. Furthermore, the plaintiff asserts he was instructed to hire this candidate because he was young.
However, the plaintiff found this person unqualified for the position and hired a different applicant. According to the complaint, the defendant then started criticizing the plaintiff's work performance until he was fired in August 2013. Citing the state's Human Rights Act and the Whistleblower Act, the plaintiff alleges violations related to age discrimination and retaliation. He is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, along with legal fees.
Workers who experience retaliation after taking blowing the whistle have the right to take legal action. An experienced Texas employment law attorney can assist in pursuing justice while protecting the client's rights. A lawyer can provide practical and honest advice, explain possible outcomes, and suggest appropriate options to allow a client to make informed legal decisions for moving the case forward.
Source: madisonrecord.com, "Man sues former employer for alleged age discrimination", Molly English-Bowers, Nov. 23, 2015