Molly English-Bowers Dec. 16, 2015, 12:35pm


GALVESTON--A Galveston County woman is suing a University of Texas medical branch, alleging employment discrimination and retaliation.

Alicia Guajardo filed a lawsuit Sept. 28 in Galveston County District Court against the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

Guajardo, plaintiff, a Hispanic female, began working at the medical facility as a nurse supervisor Aug. 17, 2000, and her most recent manager was Samantha McBroom, who is white. 

According to the complaint, after a situation regarding expired medication, the plaintiff says she was given a written reprimand, while a co-worker, who is black, received a warning over the phone. After Guajardo complained to the employee relations/human resources department Aug. 1, 2013, the plaintiff says she was demoted after her supervisor said she "displayed insubordination."

The plaintiff alleges her demotion is a result of race/national origin discrimination and retaliation. 

Guajardo seeks a jury trial, reinstatement to her former position, damages, a directive by the court that the defendant's actions violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, court costs and attorney's fees. She is represented by attorney Peter Costea of Houston.

Galveston County District Court Case number 15-CV-1036.

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