Workplace discrimination lawsuit settles for $79k against ABC12

On behalf of Warren & Siurek, L.L.P. posted in Employment Disputes on Monday, December 28, 2015.

A former female reporter for ABC12 has settled her lawsuit against the network in a circuit court outside of Texas. She claims she was the victim of workplace discrimination based on her race and gender. Her claim was settled nearly a month before it was to go to trial; the state's Alternative Dispute Resolution program helped settle the case.

The plaintiff -- who happens to be white -- claims that she was subjected to harsher discipline than her male and minority co-workers. According to her claim, she would be disciplined for activities that her male and black workers were able to get away with it. Additionally, if other workers were late to a meeting, apparently nothing happened, but when the plaintiff was late, she was punished. She also purports that she was criticized for some of the dresses that she wore to work, which should not have caused a problem.

When the plaintiff was informed that her contract was not being renewed after nearly 10 years, she alleges that she was told to stop working before her contract end date. Other employees, however, were apparently allowed to continue working until their contract was over. Even after she was no longer at the network, the plaintiff maintains that the discrimination continued because her non-compete agreement was in effect, which disallowed her from doing the same job; however, she claims the network did not prevent other former reporters from working at other news stations.

Her workplace discrimination lawsuit against the network was originally seeking $100,000, but it was settled for $79,900. Aggrieved Texas employees who believe that they are being subjected to differential treatment based on their legally protected statuses do not need to sit back and tolerate it. For increased chances of a successful outcome, workers should have documentation and proof of the perceived discrimination.

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