White employee sues after allegedly losing job for protecting job of African-American

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Mar. 8, 2011, 5:42am

SHERMAN - A former employee of the Job Corps Center in McKinney has filed a lawsuit alleging she was discriminated against for attempting to protect the job of her African-American assistant.

Claiming age and disability discrimination, Nyietta M. White filed suit against Horizon Youth Services, doing business as North Texas Job Corps Center, on March 1 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

White was employed as the Business Community Liaison and Work Based Learning Manager for the Job Corps since 2005. According to the lawsuit, in July 2009 the defendant appointed a new interim center director. White states this supervisor made many derogatory statements about her age, gender and injuries she suffered while working for Youth Services. She was terminated in December 2009.

In addition to age, gender and disability discrimination, White states she was discriminated against for protecting the employment of her African American assistant and African American students generally.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for damage to her character and reputation, mental anguish, court costs, attorney's fees and costs and punitive damages.

White is represented by Dallas attorney David D. Davis. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:11-cv-0098

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