Molly English-Bowers Dec. 22, 2015, 1:28pm


GALVESTON -- A Pearland woman is suing Home Depot, alleging several incidences of workplace discrimination.

Gloria Holley filed a lawsuit Sept. 15 in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas against The Home Depot USA Inc., alleging defamation and discrimination.

According to the complaint, Home Depot hired Holley May 11, 2009, and she worked her way up to assistant store manager. However, the suit says, she was treated differently, especially as compared to Caucasian males, because she has a medical disability and is an African-American female with dark skin.

Holley filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge against the defendant but that only led to retaliation, the lawsuit says. The plaintiff was fired May 1, 2014.

The plaintiff alleges defamation and discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, and retaliation.

Holley seeks a jury trial, the return of her job, damages, back pay, attorney fees, court costs, and injunctive relief requiring the defendant to take effective steps to remove and/or discipline managers who fail to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and portions of the Texas Labor Code. She is represented by attorneys Shelby C. Vick and Bruce A. Coane, of Coane and Associates in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 3:15-cv-00250

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