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Race discrimination suit filed against fire department

A handful of minority workers at a city fire department in a nearby state recently decided to sue the city. In this case, they have alleged race discrimination, which is illegal in Texas and elsewhere in the United States according to federal law. The plaintiffs have also alleged retaliation and harassment due to their ethnicity.

According to the lawsuit, the fire department is a primarily Caucasian male club. Thus, anybody who does not align himself or herself with the fire department's mentality are reportedly treated differently and looked down on. Five of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are African American, while one is Latino. All are members of the city's fire prevention bureau.

The plaintiffs in their suit asserted that female and African American firefighters at the department are branded as workers who have joined the city's fire prevention bureau simply because they are afraid to fight a fire and are lazy. The plaintiffs also claimed that certain fire stations are actually dubbed zones that should be free of African Americans. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

Race discrimination unfortunately remains a major issue in workplaces in Texas and other parts of the country. Fortunately, those who experience such discrimination may have recourse through the state's civil justice system. A victim of race discrimination may choose to file a discrimination claim against his or her employer, with possible remedies including the reinstatement of a job or monetary relief depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: mynewsla.com, "'All-white boys club' at LA Fire Department? Minority firefighters' lawsuit", Toni McAllister, Feb. 1, 2017

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