Former Aramark supervisor alleges her complaints about sexual harassment, discrimination led to termination

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 25, 2013, 2:11pm

HOUSTON - Harris County resident Linda D. Mitchell alleges Aramark Sports and Entertainment Group LLC terminated her because she complained about sexual harassment, according to a recent lawsuit. 

Mitchell first filed suit in Harris County District Court on Jan. 31. The litigation was removed to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on March 8.

At the time of the events in question, Mitchell worked as a supervisor for the defendant.

She explains that she was sexually harassed last year when a male co-worker exposed himself to her, stating she subsequently complained about the act to her superiors.

The suit further shows the complainant, who is African American, later learned that the company supposedly wanted to replace her with a Hispanic male employee.

According to the original petition, Aramark attempted to force Mitchell out by commencing a "campaign of harassment."

It sought to retaliate against the plaintiff following a sexual and racial discrimination complaint, the suit says.

Mitchell adds Aramark nitpicked her performance "even though it knew that it was understaffing the facility so that there were insufficient employees under [her] supervision to perform all of the work."

The defendant terminated her in October 2012.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney David C. Holmes of the Law Offices of David C. Holmes in Houston is representing Mitchell.

Case No. 4:13-CV-643

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