Employee sues TPC Group claiming discrimination over goatee

Joel Brakken Feb. 21, 2014, 1:07pm

A male employee is alleging that his employer committed multiple acts of discrimination against employees.

Michael Chaison filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Sherman Division against TPC Group, citing employment discrimination. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is alleging the defendant discriminated against him on the basis of race, color, sex and religion by failing to promote the plaintiff and failing to grant an accommodation.

The plaintiff says as early as April 23, the defendant treated him differently than other employees and retaliated by barring a promotion.

He claims that following a fitness test he was told that he would have to shave his goatee and retake the test, although he passed his initial test and had always had a goatee during his employment with the defendant.

He says during his employment he witnessed and was the victim of other discrimination.

Chaison is requesting an EEOC investigation into his claims of discrimination.

He is not represented by an attorney.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:14-cv-00377


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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