HOUSTON – An African-American employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice alleges he was deprived of employment opportunities because of his race.

Ricky Dockery filed a complaint on Feb. 28 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Texas Department of Criminal Justice alleging that the employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff interviewed with the defendant for the assistant plant manager position at the Beto-Sign Plant in October 2015. He alleges he was selected for the position, but management failed to honor it. He alleges he applied for and was selected again for the same position, but the defendant did not award it. He alleges the position was filled by a Caucasian man and that the plaintiff was instructed to train him.

The plaintiff holds Texas Department of Criminal Justice responsible because the defendant allegedly intentionally interfered with his work performance and advancement because of his race.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, costs and all other lawful and equitable relief. He is represented by Katrina Patrick of Law Offices of Katrina Patrick in Bellaire.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:18-cv-00966




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