HOUSTON – A Florida man alleges his national origin was a factor in his termination from his job as a hydraulic mechanic.

Jackson Fowler III filed a complaint on Dec. 13, 2017, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Maersk Drilling USA Inc. alleging that the vessel owner violated the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Texas labor codes.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was stationed on the defendant's Maersk Viking in the Gulf of Mexico and was supervised by a non-American employee. He alleges he was subjected to a hostile work environment because he is an American. The suit states the plaintiff was terminated on Oct. 26, 2015, after he submitted a formal complaint to the human resources department regarding an issue with the supervisor.

The plaintiff holds Maersk Drilling USA Inc. responsible because the plaintiff's national origin was allegedly a factor in his termination and that the defendant allegedly retaliated against him and terminated his employment exactly one month after he submitted a written complaint.

The plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement or front pay, attorneys’ and expert fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and such other relief as the court may find proper. He is represented by Daniel B. Ross and Brett C. Beeler of Ross Law Group in Austin.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-03760

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