Black man allegedly fired right after starting new job due to previously filed lawsuit.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Employee Files Lawsuit against U.S. Liner for Race Discrimination and Retaliation
Larry landed a job as a machine operator with U.S. Liner. Happy with his new job, Larry worked hard and earned positive feedback. Larry asserts that his shift commander commended him as an “excellent employee.”
After only two weeks of work, his shift commander asked to meet with Larry. During the meeting, the shift commander reiterated that Larry was an excellent employee, but he followed the compliment up by saying he had to fire Larry. He then waved a document in Larry’s face, which allegedly explained that since Larry filed a lawsuit against his previous employer he was being terminated.
Dismayed, Larry suspected that being African American factored into the company’s decision to fire him. If he’d been white, he would have kept his job despite the filed lawsuit. Larry requested a copy of the paper declaring his termination, but the shift commander refused, stating that he wasn’t allowed. Not sure if the termination was effective immediately, Larry asked if he should complete his shift. But, the shift commander sent him home.
According to the law, filing a lawsuit is a protected activity. U.S. Liner disregarded this law by retaliating against Larry for pursuing his right to equal employment opportunities. This is illegal and appalling. Of course, U.S. Liner denies all of these claims. KM&A fights for Larry’s employee rights and challenges employers who seem to believe that the law doesn’t apply to them.
Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-00904-AJS
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