Employee files discrimination lawsuit after supervisor uses racial slur

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 14, 2010, 5:46pm

MARSHALL-A former Mud Tech employee accuses his supervisors and co-workers of violating his civil rights by using discriminatory expressions about his race.

Harrison Rogers states he did not receive a pay raise in the year that he worked for the company and claims it was because he is black.

Alleging violations of the Civil Rights Act, Rogers filed suit against Mud Technology International Inc. on April 13 in the Marshall division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Rogers was employed as a painter, electrician's helper and welder's helper. The plaintiff claims that he was fired after the company's owner told the supervisor, "That [n-word] ain't no painter. Fire him or I will."

Rogers states that he was terminated in violation of company policy in that he was not given notice of his performance deficiencies as were other non-African American employees.

Rogers believes the defendant is unlawfully discriminated against African Americans by failing to equalize conditions of employment, by adopting unreasonable, unwarranted and arbitrary standards and conditions of employment and by denying the plaintiff positions of employment and promotions because of his race.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for lost back wages, emotional pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, extreme emotional distress including embarrassment, severe disappointment, indignation, shame, despair and public humiliation.

Tyler attorney William S. Hommel Jr. is representing the plaintiff. Jury trial requested

U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

Case No 2:10cv00128

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