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Former employee claims age, disability discrimination

By Molly English-Bowers | Sep 3, 2015


A Jefferson County woman is suing her former workplace and former supervisor over a claim of disability and age discrimination and retaliation. She further asserts assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Joe'L Julian filed the suit June 15 in Jefferson County District Court against Sally Beauty Supply, Denton and district manager Suzette Ramirez of Webster.

The plaintiff, who is older than 40 and has medical conditions--sarcoidosis and primary biliary cirrhosis--began working at Sally Beauty Supply in 2006 as a sales clerk. She was promoted to store manager four years later, receiving several commendations during the course of her work.

Her work environment changed in late 2013, the plaintiff claims, including a November altercation during which she says the defendant threatened to strike her. In December the defendant gave the plaintiff a poor evaluation and began berating her for her disability. On July 21, 2014, Ramirez terminated her employment.

With a right-to-sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received March 16, plaintiff sued the defendants for disability discrimination, age discrimination, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiff seeks monetary damages of between $200,000 and $1 million, court costs, attorney's fees and a jury trial. Her attorney is Larry Boje of Houston, Texas.

Jefferson County District Court case number B-197241.

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