Dairy farm professional sues Daisy Farms for racial discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 4, 2015

A man brought a lawsuit against his former employer alleging unlawful racial discrimination in 2011.

Larry Snowton filed against Daisy Farms LLC; Daisy Brand LLC; DH Holdings; and David Sokolosky in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas on May 28, claiming civil rights violation in June 2011.

According to the filing, Daisy Brand is owned by David Sokolosky and headquartered in Dallas. The suit states that Snowton, an experienced dairy farm manager, was hired March 24, 2011, to develop a business expansion for Daisy Brand but allegedly was subsequently subjected to disparate treatment based on his race.

The plaintiff, 51, states that he was the only black employee and significantly older than other employees. He alleges that he was subjected to a higher level of scrutiny during his background check and that his work conditions were unequal to other staffers, citing several examples.

Maintaining that his employers expressed racial prejudice in remarks to him, and citing an alleged history of discrimination in Paris, Texas, the plaintiff says that he was dismissed suddenly on June 13, 2011, following a municipal Diversity Task Force walk-through of the company’s facilities days earlier.

Snowton filed a complaint with the EEOC, which dismissed the case due to the company’s small size, and reaffirmed its dismissal on Feb. 20. The defendants contend that Daisy Farms and Daisy Brand are two separate companies and are exempt from Title VII requirements.

The suit alleges that the companies are one entity based on public information.

Citing civil rights violation and age discrimination, Snowton seeks compensatory and punitive damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses, and costs. The plaintiff is self-represented at this time.

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case 4:15-cv-00371-ALM

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