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Former Texas DOT employee alleges racial discrimination in lawsuit

By Angelino Menconi | Jan 4, 2016


SHERMAN — A former state employee is suing the state over allegations his supervisor routinely used derogatory racial terms when speaking to him.

Jeffrey Daniels filed a suit on Oct. 13 against Texas Department of Transportation in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, alleging discrimination under the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Daniels alleges in the suit that his former supervisor, John Grissom, routinely called him "boy" and other derogatory terms. He also alleges that he was terminated from his position with the DOT because he was black and had a medical condition.

Employed by the DOT for 19 years before his termination, Daniels alleges that beginning in 2013 he was harassed, and had false and contrived disciplinary actions levied against him. In addition, he alleges that Grissom created false overtime assignments so that he would miss medical appointments.

Daniels is demanding past and future lost wages, punitive damages, attorney fees and other relief. He is represented by Robert Notzon

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas Case number 15-CV-00702

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