According to a recent report from Your Houston News, a former employee of the City of Friendswood has filed a lawsuit against the city for discrimination.
The plaintiff, a former senior program manager for the city, alleges members of the male management sector acted discriminatory toward her during their relief efforts following Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The worker stated in her lawsuit that she was held to a higher standard than other employees by upper management during this period. On multiple occasions, according to the lawsuit, she was yelled at by superiors, who threatened her job security
The former employee filed a harassment and discrimination complaint with the city's human resource department after these actions. After doing so, she was allegedly suspended without warning. She then met with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's office regarding her case. While doing so, she was told that her suspension would end when her investigation was finished, however, she was terminated months later.
The City of Friendswood denied the plaintiff's claims and insisted any of its employment decisions were made regardless of age, sex or other protected activities under the Human Rights Act.
The case highlights the importance of companies avoiding any actions perceived to discriminatory at all costs. Failing to do so can result in expensive professional liability lawsuits.