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Woman says she was a victim of race discrimination at work

It seems as if the world cannot get past race discrimination. Many here in West Virginia and across the nation hope that it is something that lives only in the past, but the truth of the matter is that it is just as much of a problem in today's day and age as it was 50 years or more ago. This is evidenced in a case from another state where a woman is suing her former employer after she says she was fired for race discrimination.

The woman is a black female of Haitian origin. She began working for the defendant in June 2012. She says that while she was employed there that she was subjected to a work environment that was very hostile. According to her, the management actually made offensive remarks to her regarding her national origin as well as her race.

In February 2014, she was fired. Allegedly, she had been fired from her job for sleeping while on the job. However, she says that she was only sleeping at the senior living facility because she had stayed there for several days in a row due to adverse weather conditions. She asserts that she only slept when she was not working. She claims that she was fired for pretextual reasons, when really she was fired because of her national origin and her race.

It is 100 percent unjust for a person to be fired by his or her employer because of his or her race, national origin, gender, marital status, etc. When an employee is fired for race discrimination or any form of discrimination in the workplace, he or she has the right to file a legal claim against his or her employer. West Virginia employers need to be held accountable when they fail to abide by the laws that exist. A legal claim may be the right step toward ensuring that accountability is applied and may even help an employee obtain compensation for back pay, front pay, emotional pain, humiliation, inconvenience and other monetary damages.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Philadelphia woman sues senior care facility, alleging wrongful termination", Sept. 2, 2015

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