Ex-Barrett Steel employee says company discriminated, terminated him because of race

By John Suayan | Dec 22, 2017

HOUSTON – A Spring man is suing Barrett Steel for allegedly discriminating against him because of his race and retaliating against him for complaining about the mistreatment with termination, recent Houston federal court records show.

Anthony Simon’s lawsuit asserts that although the plaintiff was an exemplary employee with no disciplinary issues, the defendant exposed him to a racially hostile work environment – chockful of racial slurs and epithets.

Court papers filed on Dec. 20 claim Simon was the recipient of an email containing a video disparaging African-Americans, adding a bottle scrawled with the words “N**** Juice” was placed near his locker.

The plaintiff addressed the instances with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to which the respondent purportedly threatened the former with termination.

“Barrett Steel made good on its threats and terminated the plaintiff's employment,” the original petition says.

Consequently, Simon seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Alfonso Kennard, Jr. of the law firm Kennard Richard P.C. in Houston is representing the complainant.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-3831

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