HOUSTON – A Houston woman alleges that her former Katy employer discriminated against her because of her disability and national origin.

Cynthia Rivera filed a complaint on May 11 in the Harris County Circuit Court against Westside Chevrolet Inc. alleging harassment and discrimination.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is Hispanic and was hired by the defendant in 2006. The suit states that in November 2014, she was injured in an accident and the fact she could not walk long distances was brought to the defendant's attention. She alleges she was given a parking space near the building initially and later required to park further away. She also claims that she was forbidden to speak Spanish and never received an increase in pay in her 10 years of employment with the defendant.

The suit states that the plaintiff filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January 2016 and then terminated in July 2016.

The plaintiff holds Westside Chevrolet Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to protect plaintiff and allowed continued harassment and discrimination and invented fabricated reasoning to provide reason for termination.

The plaintiff seeks judgment for actual and punitive damages, together with pre- and post-judgment interest, attorneys' fees, expenses, costs of court, and such other and further relief which she may be justly entitled. She is represented by Stanley P. Santire of Santire Law Firm LLC in Houston.

Harris County Circuit Court Case number 2017-31747

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