Roofer claims employer mistreated him because of race

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 13, 2013, 1:28pm

HOUSTON - Houston resident Cedric Richard brought a lawsuit against Chamberlin Roofing/Waterproofing Co., claiming it subjected him to race-based disparate treatment.

Recent court papers filed Nov. 12 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas assert Chamberlin hired Richard, an African American, as a roofer but assigned him different duties because of his skin color. 

According to the plaintiff, the defendant created a hostile and harassing work environment.

While non-black employees were "treated special and given roofer jobs," the suit claims, Richard was relegated to trash pickup.

The claimant further recalls an alleged incident over the summer in which a co-worker purportedly showed him a noose and "threatened to hang him."

"If the company would have had policies and procedures regarding race and color prior to this incident, this incident would not have happened," the original petition says.

Consequently, Richard seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney Alex R. Hernandez Jr. of Port Lavaca is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 4:13-CV-3341

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