African-American employee sues Marshall company for race and age discrimination

MARSHALL - After 36 years of employment, an African-American employee claims he lost his job for complaining about racial discrimination and has filed a lawsuit against his former employer. 

Johnny L. Black filed suit against Marshall Pottery Inc. on Feb. 13 in federal court in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Black is an African-American employee who claims he is the victim of racially discriminatory employment policies and practices. He was hired by Marshall Pottery in 1976 at the facility in Marshall.

According to the suit, Black says he complained to the plant manager about racial discrimination at a meeting on April 26, 2012.

He states he was terminated the following day.  The alleged reason for his termination was for not performing all of the requirements of the job and for insubordination.

The defendant is accused of discriminating against Black because he was over 40 years old in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Black accuses the defendant of retaliation for his complaint about discrimination.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for lost back wages, insurance benefits, lost wages, emotional pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, attorney’s fees and court costs.

Black is represented by Tyler attorney Bob Whitehurst. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00129

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