John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 20, 2013, 9:58pm

HOUSTON - Spring resident Peter Simanskis alleges that Watco Companies LLC terminated him for filing a complaint with its human resources department and is pursuing legal action.

Simanskis filed a lawsuit April 5 in Harris County District Court.

The Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas received the case May 15.
The plaintiff worked as a train engineer at the time of the event in question.

Court papers show he applied for an available supervisor position, but the Watco did not grant him an interview.

Simanskis addressed the issue with human resources, which reportedly told him that the head of Greensport would call him.

No such call was made, and the respondent fired the complainant on March 23, 2012, on grounds he left the work site early, the original petition says.

It insists that "standard procedure was to allow one person on the crew to leave when all of the work is done as long as the supervisor agrees," asserting the crew leader approved the plaintiff's departure from work.

According to Simanskis, another worker committed the same infraction yet he was allowed to keep his job.

The suit says Watco replaced the plaintiff with a younger, less qualified individual.

It ultimately argues that the purported dismissal was retaliatory in nature.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Gregg M. Rosenberg of Rosenberg & Sprovach is representing Simanskis.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1415

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