Longview company sued for racial discrimination after employee loses job

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau May 2, 2011, 9:18am

MARSHALL - In a recently filed lawsuit, a Longview company is being accused of racial discrimination after an African-American employee is terminated for not properly adhering to his job duties.

Claiming the reason for his termination was fabricated, Mandel A. Stoker filed suit against STEMCO on April 12 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

Stoker worked as a machine operator for the defendant for approximately six years prior to his termination on Aug. 6, 2010. Stoker states he was told he was discharged for not cleaning his machine before starting it.

But he claims the termination was "bogus" because he was explicitly told by his supervisor to run parts before cleaning his machine. Further, white employees were not terminated for operating their machine in the same manner, Stoker alleges.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of back pay and front pay, mental, emotional and psychological damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees and court costs.

Stoker is represented by Alex A. Castetter of Stuckey, Garrigan & Castetter in Nacogdoches.

A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00214

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