Georgia Company violates State Labor Code

Product Technician allege Discrimination and Wrongful Termination

Texas – Lance McCullough, product technician, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Aaron’s Inc., Georgia Company, for allegedly breaching the Texas Labor Code. The discrimination lawsuit was filed in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on August 16th. Discrimination under several protected classes including, race, gender, and national original is illegal in the workplace according to the federal law Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of color, race, religion, gender, sex, and national origin. In the event that an employer violates a state and/or federal employment law, there are penalties that a company will face based on the state where the employment law violation took place.

In addition to facing hardships with the employer, McCullough claims a co-worker approached him with a racial remark in the workplace. During November 2015, the plaintiff said he had a verbal altercation at work regarding an unspecified issue. McCullough is a black employee and he said his co-worker addressed him as the “n-word” during their disagreement. The plaintiff deemed his co-worker’s racial slur to be offensive, so he filed an official report.

Since McCullough decided to report the racial remark, his employer or a related individual sent him home for the day. A few days later, McCullough experienced wrongful termination. According to the defendant, McCullough was allegedly fired for disruptive conduct. Prior to McCullough’s report regarding his co-worker’s racial slur, the plaintiff’s employer had not displayed any dissatisfaction with McCullough’s work ethic, performance, or behavior.

McCullough claims the defendant retaliated against him for reporting a work related issue. In the eyes of the law, it is illegal to fire someone for reporting discrimination they endured at work. As a result of the workplace retaliation, McCullough said he faced “legal injuries and financial damages.” Unexpected termination tends to have a serious effect on employees. If you have ever been wrongfully terminated at work as a form of retaliation, contact a wrongful termination attorney immediately.

McCullough said the defendant’s workplace discrimination had an effect on his “compensation, terms, conditions, and employment privileges.” The discrimination also prevented McCullough from engaging in work opportunities and career advancement. Currently, the plaintiff is requesting a jury trial, monetary damages, punitive damages, all other unspecified damages, attorney fees, court expenses, and pre-judgment interest with the legal assistance of a discrimination attorney. Fortunately, McCullough was not subjected to sexual harassment. If this particular workplace misconduct occurs, seek a sexual harassment attorney for legal guidance.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Attorneys are Available

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and it is illegal. Sexual harassment is not a requirement to be employed. This workplace place misconduct can occur in multiple ways. Two of the most common forms of sexual harassment are quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment sexual harassment.

In most quid pro quo sexual harassment incidents, an employer or individual in a managerial position tends to offer employment or a promotion in exchange for a sexual favor. In a hostile work environment, sexual harassment tends to occur frequently, alters an employee’s ability to perform work duties, and is often identified as “severe and pervasive.”

If you have ever experienced workplace discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, contact a sexual harassment lawyer or discrimination attorney at the Derek T. Smith Law Group, PLLC. Our sexual harassment lawyers and discrimination attorneys are highly skilled professionals that will thoroughly review your sexual harassment case, extend some valuable legal advice, and provide the best legal representation there is to offer. For more information on discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace, read our employment law blog.


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