Jewish man sues employer alleging religious discrimination

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau May 21, 2012, 5:29pm


A Jewish man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer alleging race and religious discrimination.

Sheldon Reichstein filed suit against Youth Advocate Programs Inc. on May 15 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Reichstein was employed by the defendant from March 26, 2001, until his termination on April 18, 2012. He was the only white, Jewish administrator in Harris and Jefferson counties, according to the suit.

He claims that during his employment, various employees made discriminatory remarks about his race and religion. For example, a secretary alleged stated that Reichstein was treating her like a Hebrew slave.

When he complained about the remarks, he was sent to cultural sensitivity classes. In August 2011, he filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The suit states that approximately one month after he received his right to sue from the EEOC, he was terminated from his position.

The defendant is accused of discrimination and retaliating against Reichstein in violation of his civil rights.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages, back pay, front pay and benefits, compensatory damages for mental anguish, punitive damages, interest, court costs and attorney's fees.

Reichstein is represented by Gregg M. Rosenberg of Rosenberg & Sprovach in Houston.

A jury trial is requested.

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

Case No. 1:12-cv-00234

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