Hispanic secretary files racial discrimination suit against employer

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 24, 2011, 10:40am

SHERMAN - An Hispanic secretary has filed a racial discrimination against her employer after allegedly suffering years of harassment based on her race.

Claiming violations of her civil rights, Anita S. Desmond filed suit against Texoma Neurology Associates P.A. and Oasis Outsourcing VI Inc. on Oct. 13 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Desmond, who is Hispanic, alleges she was repeatedly subjected to unwelcome harassment based on her race and national origin.

According to the suit, Desmond was employed as a front office secretary at Texoma Neurology Associates in Sherman from July 2009 until her resignation in August.

Desmond claims she reported the harassment of her supervisor to the human resources department, but alleges nothing was done about the conduct.

The defendant is also accused of retaliatory conduct.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for back pay, front pay, lost benefits, mental anguish, punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs and interest.

Desmond is represented by Laura E. Calhoun and Connie Pena of Calhoun Pena Corsentino P.C. in Frisco.

A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 4:11-cv-00654

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