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2 women allege retaliation, gender discrimination

Receiving poor treatment on the basis of one's gender in Texas can be not only humiliating but also damaging to one's career. In another state, two women recently claimed that their former director unjustly fired them and then hired men who did not have the same experience or education as they did. They thus filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging retaliation as well as gender discrimination.

The two women previously worked as state Lottery executives. One was the Lottery's director of communication and products, while the other one was the advertising and marketing director. The men who replaced them after their alleged wrongful firings were friends of the Lottery's former director.

The director ended up resigning his post earlier this year amid concerns and controversy about how he managed the department. Some of the areas of concern included the man's hiring practices, the spending he did to redecorate the department and agreements he had with event organizers or sport teams for lofts or seats. When one of the women notified the state attorney general's office about these potential Lottery regulation and state law violations, that is when the director fired her and cut out her health insurance. The second woman also said that she was terminated and replaced by a man without proper experience. Her health insurance was also terminated.

When individuals in Texas are discriminated against because of their gender, they have the right to explore all of their legal options. An understanding of what facts have to be proved is likely important in order to prevail in this type of case. Proper legal guidance may help an individual who has reportedly faced gender discrimination to obtain a favorable outcome in civil court.

Source: azcentral.com, "Two women sue ex-Lottery boss; allege gender discrimination", Craig Harris and Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, July 13, 2016

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