African-American nurse files racial discrimination lawsuit over overtime

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Nov. 15, 2011, 3:19am


An African-American nurse has filed a lawsuit against former employer after she was terminated shortly after questioning why Caucasian employees were not required to work on weekends or overtime.

Antoinette Redmond filed suit against Daybreak Venture and Heritage Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation LP on Nov. 9 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

According to the complaint, Redmond, an African-American female, was hired on May 4, 2005, as a charge nurse by the defendant to work at the Heritage location in Dayton. She states she had no complaints or disciplinary procedures until she engaged in protected activity and questioned how race was a factor in overtime and weekend work schedules.

She claims she questioned her supervisor why Caucasian employees were not required to work on weekends and overtime.

Redmond was terminated on May 5, 2010, allegedly for allowing another employee to clock-in for her. She states this was a "sham," as this was a well-known practice within the company that co-workers would clock in and out for each other.

Redmond alleges that Heritage actually terminated her because of her questioning the disparate treatment between African-American and Caucasian employees.

The defendants are accused of racial discrimination and retaliation

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages, monetary damages, back pay, front pay, interest, damages for emotional pay, front pay, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, loss of benefits, attorney's fees, interest and court costs.

The plaintiff is also asking the court for order the defendant to rehire Redmond and to reinstate Redmond to the position and pay grade which Redmond previously held.

A jury trial is requested.

Redmond is represented by Alfonso Kennard Jr. of Kennard Law PC in Houston.

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

Case No. 1:11-cv-00615

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