GALVESTON – A store manager for a Pittsburgh-based clothing
and accessories retailer has brought a lawsuit alleging discrimination based on
his race and medical condition.
James Bradley filed a lawsuit against American Eagle
Outfitters, Inc. on Feb. 15 in Galveston federal court, claiming the business
threatened him with termination for missing some work due to hemochromatosis.
Recent court papers state that Bradley notified his
supervisor of the disorder, which causes an excess of iron, to which the latter
assured him he had nothing to worry about in regards to his job.
Said supervisor later accused Bradley of intentionally skipping
work, the suit says.
The plaintiff further asserts that he was the target of a
hostile work environment because he is white. Per the complaint, a Hispanic AEO
employee harassed Bradley by calling him a “f****** low life,” a “f****** loser,”
and a “f****** gay old white man.”
Bradley insists that AEO refused to address his complaints
as a way to get back at him for requesting reasonable accommodations for his hemochromatosis.
Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a
Attorney Michael C. Watson of Houston is representing the
Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case