Patient account rep files racial discrimination lawsuit after being denied promotion

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 20, 2012, 5:00am

An African-American patient account representative has filed a discrimination lawsuit after her employer failed to provide an opportunity for advancement.

Barbara F. Troupe filed suit against Ascend Health Corp. on May 4 in Denton County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division on June 18.

Troupe was hired by the defendant as a patient account representative on Feb. 21, 2011. During her employment, she claims she made inquiries into applying for a "lead" position.

According to the lawsuit, she was repeatedly told that the company was not hiring for any lead position.

In February 2012, Ascend Health Corp. hired a Caucasian female for the lead position, without Troupe having had an opportunity to apply, the suit says.

A couple of weeks later, Troupe went on Family Medical Leave Act leave. During her leave, she claims she was terminated.

The defendant is accused of terminating Troupe's employment and discriminating against Troupe based upon her race. She also argues that she was terminated in retaliation for using her FMLA family leave.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for lost wages and benefits, loss of future earnings and benefits, mental anguish, exemplary damages, interest, court costs, and attorney fees.

Troupe is represented by Arlington attorneys James L. Bauguss III and Christian Jenkins. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00363

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