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African-American alleges Bilfinger Westcon Inc. terminated him because of race

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 12, 2017

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BEAUMONT – An African-American man alleges he was discriminated against because of his race at a Beaumont job site.

Oscar Harrison Jr. filed a complaint on Sept. 18 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Bilfinger Westcon Inc. alleging that the former employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired as a pipe fitting foreman for the Bilfinger Westcon NatGasoline Methanol Project in Beaumont on Jan. 11. He alleges that when he reported for orientation and work at the project site the next day, the human resources representative told him they "don't have blacks as pipe foreman." The suit states he was terminated on Feb. 1 on the grounds that the plaintiff's services were no longer needed, but allegedly hired a white male to replace him.

The plaintiff holds Bilfinger Westcon Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly intentionally discriminated against him because of his race and terminated his employment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages, attorney’s fees, costs and such other appropriate relief. He is represented by Christine L. Stetson and David E. Bernsen of Bernsen Law Firm in Beaumont.

Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 1:17-cv-00398

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