Car dealership sued after firing pregnant woman

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jan. 26, 2011, 10:14am

LUFKIN - A Lufkin car dealership is being sued for civil rights violations after terminating the job position of a pregnant service writer.

Hollie Clark filed suit against Wright Buick Pontiac GMC, doing business as PAKT Ltd., on Jan. 20 in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division.

Clark started working for the defendant's predecessor Barrett Brothers Motor Co. in September 2008. PAKT purchased the company on March 2, 2009. On the day the defendant purchased the company, Clark states she and the other employees were told that their jobs were secure.

According to court records, the service manager made a point to advise the new owner that Clark was pregnant. The following day, the service manager terminated Clark's employment, without reason or providing justification.

Clark states that it is obvious she was fired due to her pregnancy because the new owner retained all of the previous employees.

The defendant is accused of violating Clark's civil rights and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of back pay, lost benefits, reinstatement or front
pay, compensatory damages for humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, mental pain and suffering and damage to her reputation, punitive damages, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

Clark is represented by Curtis B. Stuckey of Stuckey, Garrigan & Castetter in Nacogdoches. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 9:11-cv-00012

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