Woman sues employer over gender-bias

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 31, 2012, 3:54am

Josef Buenker

GALVESTON - Harris County resident Dawn Jackson alleges Jacobs Field Services North America Inc. terminated her because she complained about gender-based discrimination.

A lawsuit filed Jan. 26 in Galveston County District Court asserts Jacobs Engineering fired Jackson for "an incident at work that in actuality never occurred" yet the dismissal in question was in retaliation for the plaintiff's complaints.

Jackson worked for the defendant from October 2007 to June 2010.

She says she had "no history of significant disciplinary infractions until she made the complaints."

"During the time of her employment with the defendant, however, Jackson was repeatedly and continuously harassed and discriminated against because of her gender," the original petition states.

"The nature of the continuous, pervasive and inescapable harassment and discrimination was such that Jackson was subjected to a working environment that was so hostile to her as a female that she suffered damages."

The suit recalls the complainant addressing her grievances "after many months of discriminatory treatment" on June 4, 2010, only for the company to terminate her four days later.

It insists "the defendant has knowledge of the sexual harassment of the plaintiff committed by its employees as the supervisory personnel were questioning of it as well, or should have had knowledge thereof."

Consequently, Jackson seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by The Buenker Law Firm.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 12-cv-0111

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