Project manager accuses meat processing company of discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 28, 2016

MARSHALL — A project manager is suing a Tyler meat processor, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge.

MARSHALL — A project manager is suing a Tyler meat processor, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge.

Natasha Quailes of San Juan, Texas, filed a lawsuit Nov. 3 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against John Soules Foods, Inc. alleging violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, during Quailes' tenure with John Soules as a project manager, she was treated differently compared to her co-workers who had non-pregnancy related injuries and were given light duty. The lawsuit states during Quailes' pregnancy she was required to do physical labor, including lifting up to 75 pounds daily, and working in sub-zero freezers. 

On Oct. 1, 2015, the suit says, Quailes was terminated from her employment for filing charges of discrimination. The plaintiff alleges John Soules Foods failed to provide reasonable accommodations, subjected her to discriminatory and retaliatory actions and terminated her employment.

Qualies seeks trial by jury, back pay, reinstatement/front pay, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees, expert fees and court costs, plus all other relief to which she is entitled. She is represented by attorney William S. Hommel, Jr. of Hommel Law Firm in Tyler.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case number 2:16-cv-01224

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