Technician claims termination was racially based, not for drinking on the job

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 10, 2013, 4:33pm

TYLER - A technician, who was fired for allegedly drinking while on the job, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming her termination was actually an act of racial and gender discrimination.

Eboney Mayfield filed suit against Sallyport Global and KS International LLC on June 4 in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. 

Mayfield, an African-American female, contends that she was treated differently that white and/or male employees of Sallyport Global and that her termination was a violation of her contract with the defendant.

She was hired by Sallyport as a general service technician to work from September 2011 until September 2012. She was terminated in February 2012.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant contents that Mayfield was terminated for drinking on the job. Mayfield argues that she did not drink on the job.

The defendant is accused of gender and racial discrimination in violation of Mayfield’s civil rights.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for back pay and front pay, attorney’s fees, and court costs.

Mayfield is represented by Alex A. Castetter of Stuckey, Garrigan & Castetter in Nacogdoches. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 6:13-cv-00459

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