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Police sergeant files race discrimination lawsuit

Organizations in Texas that allow race discrimination to occur in the workplace may be held liable for the discrimination in civil court. In one out-of-state case, an African-American police officer has accused his police department of race discrimination and retaliation. The police officer recently filed a lawsuit against the department.

The police officer, a sergeant, has been on the police force for over 30 years, with 20 of those years being spent at the level of sergeant. However, he claimed that non-minority police officers who were less qualified than he were selected for promotions instead of him. The man also claimed that when he opposed the department's promoting and hiring practices, he was denied employment opportunities. An attorney for the man claimed that he and his client attempted to remedy this situation outside of court, but since they could make no progress, they filed a suit in court.

The action has been brought under the Civil Service Reform Act, which protects whistleblowers, and under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination. Based on the complaint, the plaintiff is requesting court action to demand that the police department discipline or remove managers who do not engage in equal hiring or who consider race when giving promotions. The sergeant is also seeking extra discrimination-related training in the department.

It is illegal for organizations in Texas to treat their employees differently on the basis of race or other protected classes, such as age or sex. An employee who is a victim of race discrimination has the right to file a workplace discrimination suit against his or her employer. A thorough understanding of which facts need to be proved is necessary in order to succeed in this type of case.

Source: wndu.com, "Minority officer alleges racial discrimination in SBPD", Tricia Harte, April 13, 2016

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