African-American woman alleges ICE discriminated against her because of race

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 21, 2017

HOUSTON – An African-American woman residing in Spring alleges she was discriminated against by her federal employer because of her race and sex.

Tenille Crosby filed a complaint on Oct. 19 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Home Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Elaine Duke alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began working for the defendant as an immigration enforcement agent in September 2008. The suit states in September 2013, she requested accommodation to be assigned in Houston in able to better provide care for her husband's medical condition. The suit states she was assigned a day shift at the Houston Contract Facility.

The suit states that Crosby was later replaced by a male and moved to an evening shift in "direct contradiction" with her accommodation. She alleges the reassignment was "equivalent to a demotion."

The plaintiff holds Duke responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide reasonable accommodations, discriminated against her and terminated her employment on the basis of race, sex and disability.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual, compensatory and punitive damages and all other and further relief to which she may show herself justly entitled. She is represented by Chukwudi Egbuonu of Law Office of Chukwudi Egbuonu in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-03166

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