'Not wanted there': woman alleges Sysco fired her for complaining about gender discrimination

By John Suayan | Dec 6, 2018

HOUSTON – A locally-based multinational corporation specializing in food service has been alleged in a federal lawsuit to have fired a female employee for reporting gender discrimination.

The Verde Law Firm, PLLC in Houston filed the suit against Sysco Corp. and Sysco Resources Services, LLC on behalf of Jessica Moore on Dec. 4 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas.

Moore, whom the defendants employed as a senior service desk analyst – subject matter expert, explains that she sought an open team lead position but was reportedly told she was a “good fit” because she is a mother. Sysco purportedly hired a man for the position. The plaintiff reported the matter, and according to court filings, “she noticed that her job responsibilities were being taken away.”

“Not only was she not selected for the Team Lead position for a discriminatory reason, she was being punished for her report of the discrimination,” the original petition says.

Court documents further assert that “Sysco’s conduct toward Moore worsened as time went on.”

“Because the workplace had become unbearable and intolerable, Moore felt like she had no option but to resign,” the suit says.

The complainant states that she was immediately terminated after she gave notice of her resignation.

“(Sysco’s) immediate termination of her employment sent a clear message – she was not wanted there,” the suit says.

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

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-4559

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