Elementary school cook files racial discrimination lawsuit

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Nov. 26, 2012, 2:14pm

SHERMAN - An African-American cook has filed a lawsuit against an East Texas school district that claims she was terminated for reporting racial discrimination. 

Teri Vera filed suit against Frisco Independent School District on Nov. 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Vera, a black female, worked for the defendant as a cook from January 2011 until she was terminated in June 2012. Initially, Vera worked at Maus Middle School, but was transferred to Elliot Elementary School in April 2011. At Elliot Elementary, Vera claims her supervisor demonstrated a “discriminatory attitude toward black employees.”

According to the suit, Vera complained to the Human Resources Department about the discriminatory treatment but instead of investigating the claims, she was terminated.

The defendant is accused of race, color and national origin discrimination and for unlawful retaliation against Vera.

The plaintiff is asking for an award of damages for back pay and front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, court costs and interest.

Vera is represented by Matthew R. Scott, Joe Kendall, Jamie J. McKey and Javier Perez-Afanador of The Kendall Law Group in Dallas. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00733

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