Ex-Ross Stores employee alleges business's supervisors attempted to get her fired

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 6, 2013, 2:31pm

HOUSTON - A Humble woman complains that she was mistreated during her employment with Ross Stores Inc. and has filed a lawsuit.

Tammy Capdepon launched the litigation in Harris County District Court on April 29.

Ross removed the case to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on June 3.

Capdepon formally worked as an operations manager for the retailer at the time of the alleged discrimination.

The suit shows the plaintiff was supposedly in line for a promotion, but "from the beginning, [she] was treated disrespectfully and retaliated against for standing up for other employees' civil rights."

According to the original petition, a purported instance in which she stood up to a former district manager who was opposed to Hispanic associates speaking Spanish on the job caused the latter to tell others that she had mental issues.

Afterwards, Capdepon points out, successive district managers learned of the exchange in question and subsequently decided not to consider her for evaluations or employment advancement.

The suit further asserts that the defendant had area supervisors watch the plaintiff, adding said supervisors tried to convince other associates to report her to the hotline "in hopes of getting her fired" though the workers refused to comply.

"As a result of the unbearable hostile work environment, and the associated stress, the plaintiff was forced to resign," it says.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney David J. Manley of Houston is representing Capdepon.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1632

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