Man's termination after on-the-job motor vehicle accident was because of race, suit says

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 2, 2013, 1:45pm

HOUSTON - Harris County resident Xzavior Lancester alleges his employment with Trican Well Service LP and TriLib Management LLC was marked by racial discrimination and harassment, recent court documents say.

After such mistreatment, according to Lancester's federal lawsuit filed April 29, Trican terminated the plaintiff, who is African American.

The defendant hired the complainant early last year to work as a cook and occasionally in the transportation department.

Lancaster says Trican offered raises, new positions and promotions to its non-black workers, asserting he himself was not given a raise despite "glowing" reviews of his job performance at the six-month mark.

He adds a manager taunted him about eating fried chicken and watermelon while two co-workers used syrup to write "n****" on his windshield.

Trican apparently did nothing to help the plaintiff.

"The plaintiff was at a loss because he felt trapped in his situation at Trican," the original petition says.

It further shows the company purportedly disciplined Lancester for failing to perform a task which he insists was not his responsibility.

His work hours and earnings were "significantly" cut as well.

An on-the-job motor vehicle accident was the "final straw" for the plaintiff as no one came from Trican to his aid, the suit says.

The defendant terminated him on Oct. 13, 2012.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Todd Slobin of Shellist Lazarz Slobin, LLP in Houston is representing Lancaster.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1231

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