HOUSTON – A Houston resident alleges that Sanderson Farms,
Inc. mistreated her because she is transgendered and fired her for complaining
to her superiors.
Serenity Colquitt filed a lawsuit on Aug. 29 in the Houston
Division of the Southern District of Texas. According to Colquitt, the
termination occurred on Oct. 29, 2015, just eight months after the defendant
hired her to its processing division.
Colquitt asserts that she “was subjected to extremely
offensive name-calling, offensive sexual gestures, and hostility based on her
sex and gender.”
“As a transgender female, the plaintiff was often ridiculed
and called “f**’, ‘he-she’, ‘sir’ and ‘mister’,” the original petition says.
“These are just a few of the offensive names used to
reference the plaintiff on almost a daily basis.”
Court papers further claim that the respondent failed to
respond to her complaints, adding she was denied a promotion and punished for
taking medical leave.
“Shortly after having complained of the harassment, the plaintiff
was interrogated by her supervisor about a bathroom break she took,” the suit
“The plaintiff was discharged the next day for purported
Colquitt believes her dismissal was to get her back for
reporting the purported discrimination and harassment.
Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary
damages and a jury trial.
She is represented by attorney LaShawn A. Williams of the
law firm Baldwin Jones & Williams PLLC in Houston.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No.