Suit: woman's refusal to participate in 'flirtatious environment' resulted in firing

John Suayan Jan. 21, 2016, 11:55am


A software company in Angleton and its owner were recently implicated in a former employee’s sex discrimination lawsuit.

In the suit filed Jan. 6 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Kimberley Garner asserts that OverNite Software, Inc. and principal Armando Caceres, Jr. created a hostile work environment for female workers.

Garner raised issue about the mistreatment in question only for the defendants to terminate her, according to the complaint.

Caceres allegedly “became obsessed with his female employees’ looks and appearance and required that they accede to his sexually provocative communications and requirements.”

“Those female employees that participated in his sexually discriminatory culture were promoted and given gifts and encouragement,” the original petition says.

“Those female employees who did not participate in his sexually discriminatory culture were

ostracized and ultimately terminated.”

The suit further shows Caceres required the women to wear hula skirts at company-sponsored events, as well as coerced them to immerse themselves in the business’s “flirtatious and sexually open environment.”

Meanwhile, Garner refused to honor Caceres’ purported requests, which included fabricating a colleague was not meeting her sales quota.

She was subsequently fired.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Attorney James D. Pierce of Sugar Land is representing her.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:16-CV-0034

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