Former coach files race bias lawsuit

David Yates Jul. 14, 2008, 10:26am

A former coach for the Beaumont Independent School District claims she was fired because of her race and gender.

Seeking exemplary damages, Patricia Milton filed suit against the school district July 9 in Jefferson County District Court.

Milton alleges in court papers she was subject to a hostile work environment during her employment with the school district.

Milton claims she complained about the treatment "through proper administrative channels" which resulted only in further retaliation.

"Although Plaintiff has performed at an excellent level in her job, she has been refused promotions, pay raises and jobs based on her race," the lawsuit says. "These promotions, raises and decent working hours were given to less qualified and/or less tenured white employees."

The suit goes on to allege the district's conduct violates provisions of the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination and retaliation in employment on the basis of race and gender.

The original complaint gives neither the dates of Milton's employment with the school district nor any further details on the alleged discriminatory behavior toward her.

The suit states only that Milton "suffered hardships and humiliation" during her employment with BISD because of her race and gender.

She requested and received a Right to Sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Milton claims she has suffered physical consequences and bodily injury as a result of the harassment and hostile working environment.

In addition to exemplary damages, Milton is suing for actual and compensatory damages, plus attorneys' fees.

She is represented by attorney Hart Green of the Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell law firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Gary Sanderson of the 60th Judicial District.

Case No. B182-025

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