Two Texas women are suing their former employer for alleged workplace discrimination.
Kary Greene of Dallas County and Adrienne Karlovsky of Colin County filed a lawsuit Feb. 20 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas against VitalPet of Humble, alleging religious discrimination and retaliatory action.
According to the complaint, both women worked at the veterinary clinic’s Frisco location. When the company’s CEO, Benjamin Thomas, requested and conducted a Christian group prayer at a company holiday party Dec. 12. 2013, Karlovsky felt offended, the suit states, but was prevented from leaving the gathering.
According to the suit, Greene approached Thomas on Karlovsky’s behalf to suggest that religious content be omitted from business gatherings. The following day, Greene was placed on a performance improvement plan and eventually terminated on Dec. 19, 2013. Karlovsky was suspended and subsequently terminated Jan. 28, 2014.
The plaintiffs filed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges, alleging religious discrimination and harassment, inequitable treatment and unfair termination.
Greene and Karlovsky seek reinstatement of their jobs, compensation for lost wages and benefits, punitive damages for emotional pain and suffering, plus attorney fees, expenses and costs. They are represented by attorney Adam Greenfield of Rob Wiley, P.C., Dallas.
Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case 4:15-cv-00126-RC-CMC