A Harris County man has filed a lawsuit against his employer, GE Oil & Gas, claiming that he was discriminated against because of his race.
Gaspar Salas filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of Texas on June 12.
The lawsuit claims that Salas was hired July 11, 2011 to work as a machinist for GE Oil & Gas. According to the complaint, Salas’ supervisor used derogatory language to criticize his Mexican nationality and his intelligence. The complaint alleges that Salas and other Hispanic employees were disciplined for conduct that other, non-Hispanic workers also engaged in but were not disciplined for.
According to Salas, he reported his supervisor’s behavior to human resources and a manager on eight occasions. He claims that the abuse from his supervisor increased in retaliation for the reports. Salas claims that his supervisor cut his hours and told other employees to find a reason for Salas to be fired.
The lawsuit accuses GE Oil & Gas of discrimination, race discrimination and retaliation — in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit seeks a court order enjoining the defendant from unlawful employment practices. In addition, the complaint demands a jury trial and asks for actual, exemplary and treble damages within the court’s jurisdictional limit, attorney’s fees, costs and other relief that the court may deem just.