Man claims company fired him for protesting brother's dismissal

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 30, 2013, 1:48pm

HOUSTON - Alleging Regency Employees Management LLC fired him for raising issue with his brother's termination, C.W. Blackstock has filed a lawsuit.

Blackstock initiated the litigation against the company in Brazoria County District Court on Aug. 21.

Houston federal court received the case on Sept. 27.

The defendant hired Blackstock as a compressor mechanic in July 2005.

Working in Old Ocean some 52 miles southwest of Houston, he had a good relationship with the respondent's clients, and was well versed in his job, according to court papers.

They explain that the claimant's brother was hospitalized for diabetes in December 2012 and subsequently failed a random drug test because of the medication the hospital prescribed him.

The sibling was terminated to which an "angry" Blackstock feels was "discriminatory."

Blackstock further alleges his supervisor accosted him to the point police were called, adding the defendant required him to attend anger management classes and counseling.

"The plaintiff believes that this counseling was an adverse employment action motivated by retaliation for his protest of his brother's discriminatory firing," the suit says.

It states the assigned counselor felt Blackstock did not need counseling and released him after two sessions, but the respondent called for one more session.

After the complainant was notified that he was being relocated to Three Rivers just outside of Corpus Christi, the defendant fired him.

His replacement was reportedly a younger individual.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Savannah Robinson of Danbury is representing Blackstock.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2860

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