African-American woman alleges US Ecology retaliated against her for reporting discriminatory remarks

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Mar 5, 2019

HOUSTON – An African-American woman alleges she resigned from her position with a Houston office because of retaliation she faced after she complained of racially discriminatory remarks.

Angela Clark filed a complaint on Feb. 1 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against US Ecology Inc. and US Ecology Houston Inc. alleging that they violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Texas Labor Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began her employment with the defendants in February 2018 as a customer service specialist at their Houston location.

The suit states on Aug. 9, 2018, a Caucasian female told the plaintiff during a work discussion that "your chains do not come off until 5 or 6." The plaintiff was offended by the comment and felt that it was racially discriminatory, so she reported it to her manager. She alleges she was written up in retaliation for her complaints about the remarks on Aug. 29, 2018. 

The suit states the plaintiff resigned from her position because of the write up and continued stress and anxiety.

The plaintiff holds US Ecology Inc. and US Ecology Houston Inc. responsible because the defendants allegedly retaliated against her for complaining of discriminatory and offensive verbal remarks and constructively terminated her for complaining the same.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $500,000 and such other and further relief to which she may show herself justly entitled. She is represented by Lindsey V. Marshall of The Cox Pradia Law Firm PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-cv-00353

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