Worker Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit Against School District

Being discriminated against in the workplace may not only cost a person in Texas his or her self-esteem but also may cost the individual his or her job if the employer chooses to retaliate against this person. In one out-of-state case, a black school employee claimed that a race discrimination complaint she made several years ago has cost her valuable training opportunities. She recently filed a federal lawsuit against her school district employer.

The woman who filed the federal lawsuit is an administrative assistant who works at a high school in the district. According to the complaint, the woman has worked at that school for 15 years, but the school rejected her request to go to professional training for staff development in 2014. She alleged that her request was denied because the school was retaliating against her for a past race discrimination complaint she had made against it.

The woman decided to file a lawsuit against the school after another colleague, a data specialist, was permitted to complete three days of staff development training recently. The plaintiff claimed the friction between her and the school started back in 2011 when her former supervisor threatened that she would never leave the school and that his friends kept asking why he loved blacks, and he reportedly used a racial slur. The woman in her lawsuit is pursing damages totaling up to $300,000.

If a company in Texas creates a hostile work environment by engaging in acts of race discrimination or other types of workplace discrimination on the basis of protected factors such as race or sex, it may be held liable for its actions. An employee who has suffered discrimination has the right to explore all of his or her legal options, including filing a discrimination lawsuit. A successfully fought suit may lead to remedies such as the coverage of out-of-pocket expenses tied to the claim as well as compensation for emotional harm.

Source:, "Beaufort High assistant sues, says complaint over N-word led to problems", Rebecca Lurye, June 20, 2016