A Texas man has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against his employer, claiming that he was fired twice: first because of his ethnicity and then again in retaliation for a discrimination complaint.
Cleveland McGuire filed the lawsuit against Mundy Companies Inc. in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
McGuire says in the lawsuit that he is an African-American male who worked as a general foreman in charge of maintenance operations at Mundy’s plant. He claims that he was the only black male supervisor at the plant.
According to the lawsuit, on October 9, 2013, a white female worker became upset over a workplace incident involving a black worker and began shouting racial slurs directed toward McGuire. McGuire claims that he reported the incident to a Mundy superintendent and shift leader, but no action was taken. McGuire states that after he reported the incident, the white female worker made false claims of sexual harassment against him.
McGuire claims that he was wrongfully terminated on October 21, 2013. A white man was hired to fill his position. According to the lawsuit, after McGuire complained to the company, Mundy rehired him in a lower-paying position. However, on November 18, 2013, McGuire filed an Equal Opportunity Commission complaint based on the previous incident. He claims that his employment was then terminated for a second time in retaliation on December 16, 2013.
McGuire claims race discrimination, retaliation and age discrimination. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for lost earnings, lost wages and mental pain and suffering. He has requested a jury trial.