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Harris County woman alleges MTA guilty of age, race discrimination

By Molly English-Bowers | Dec 11, 2015

A Harris County woman is suing the county's transit authority, alleging age and race discrimination in job hiring.

Debbie Ware filed a lawsuit Oct. 28 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, alleging race and age discrimination.

According to the complaint, Ware, a 60-year-old African-American woman, has worked for the MTA for more than 15 years. In June 2014 she was named interim director of benefits, pension and wellness. 

She applied to be the permanent replacement for her retired supervisor and was told she was one of three candidates, which was later changed to one of four candidates, the suit says. Further, while the other candidates had one interview, the plaintiff says she underwent two. U

Ultimately, the job was given to a younger white woman, whom the plaintiff alleges is not nearly as qualified as she is. 

Ware seeks a jury trial, back pay, liquidated and compensatory damages, attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by attorney Andrew S. Golub, of Dow Golub Remels & Beverly in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:15-cv-3169.

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