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Woman alleges termination followed complaint about racial remark

Discrimination of any kind in a Florida workplace is unacceptable. Employees spend the biggest part of every day at work. Having to endure disparate treatment and insensitive remarks about race, religion, national origin or color will naturally make working unbearable. A woman in another state filed a federal lawsuit against her former employers recently, alleging racial discrimination and unequal treatment.

Allegedly, the plaintiff became involved in an altercation with a colleague while in the employ of the defendant. The incident took place at work, sometime in the first three months of 2013. It is alleged that the other person allegedly made insulting remarks pertaining to the plaintiff's race and indicated her intention to get the woman fired. The plaintiff asserts that she reported the racially charged remark to a supervisor immediately after the incident.

However, the plaintiff contends that she was the one who received a verbal warning. From then through the middle of April, when she was fired, she apparently received two written warnings for allegedly violating company policies. She alleges the unequal treatment she received in the aftermath of the altercation and that her ultimate employment termination -- while the other person was not even disciplined, and certainly not fired -- constitutes racial discrimination.

Florida victims of racial discrimination or other workplace harassment may follow the example of this woman, and seek to hold the violating employer accountable. She is seeking a jury trial and recovery of all losses and damages. These claims include financial losses related to past and future wages, legal fees and more, along with pain and suffering.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Woman claims discrimination by former employer", May 25, 2016

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