Suit: Woman's requests for equal pay brought forth termination

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 5, 2013, 1:31pm

HOUSTON - Harris County resident Daveta Vana claims she was fired from Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for requesting equal pay, recent court documents say.

According to a lawsuit filed June 3 in Houston federal court, Jacobs favored Vana's male co-workers while subjecting her to discrimination.

The defendant employed Vana as a procurement and quality control tech supervisor at the time of the purported events for which she complains.

She points out that she supervised numerous workers; however, Jacobs never paid her as a supervisor.

Her male colleagues were all paid substantially more than her, and when it came to employment advancement, she was never promoted, the original petition says.

Vana adds the defendant did not keep its promise to upgrade her to a supervisory level and be paid as such, stating she repeatedly made requests to no avail.

Jacobs terminated her on grounds she was "too dangerous" to which the suit counters it was because of her requests and her gender.

It says the company tried to blame the plaintiff for her expense reports.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney H. Mark Burck of Burck, Lapidus, Jackson & Chase P.C. in Houston is representing Vana.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1623

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