Carol Ostrow May 6, 2015, 12:09pm


HOUSTON – An airline employee filed a lawsuit against his company for alleged discriminatory practices in an undated series of work-related incidents.

Christopher Holley of Harris County filed a complaint against Southwest Airlines Inc. in Houston on April 24 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, claiming violation of his civil rights in an undated matter.

According to the lawsuit, Holley, a black male, was hired by the defendant at the age of 18 in September 1999 and most recently served as a ramp agent. The complaint cites that several unwarranted disciplinary actions, from write-ups to suspension, were levied against the plaintiff.

The filing states that Holley was terminated for a safety infraction, specifically for not wearing a safety vest on the job. He alleges that several non-black employees who failed to wear vests were not disciplined or terminated. Holley contends that Southwest violated employment law and failed to properly investigate, supervise, control and otherwise correct the misconduct of its employees.

The lawsuit cites discriminatory treatment, a hostile and intimidating work environment, racial harassment and retaliatory conduct. Holley alleges pain and suffering, loss of consortium and medical expenses to deal with resulting anxiety.

Citing lost wages and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the plaintiff seeks: injunctive and declaratory relief; general, compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages; front and back pay; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorneys' fees; expenses; and costs. He is represented by Debra Jennings of Missouri City, Texas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case no. 4:15-cv-01077

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