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Employee alleges Belo Advertising treated her unfairly due to race

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By Carrie Bradon | Aug 7, 2019


HOUSTON — A Houston woman is suing an advertising business, alleging she was treated unfairly due to her race.

Elaine Johnson filed a complaint July 12 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Belo Advertising Customer Services Inc., alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, discrimination, retaliation.

According to the complaint, Johnson is an African American female who worked for Belo Advertising for more than 10 years in collections and accounts payable at the corporate level and always performed excellently. The plaintiff said took Family Medical Leave for a cancerous thyroid condition that required attention. 

The suit alleges Belo failed to forward the plaintiff's e-mails and also left the plaintiff a negative annual review because she had to take time off. Johnson says she tried to rebut the negative review, which the defendant ignored. 

The plaintiff alleges when took a vacation in this year, Belo repeated its similar behavior, including ignoring 298 e-mails, a violation of the FMLA.

Johnson seeks attorney fees, court costs, punitive, actual and liquidated damages and all just relief. She is represented by attorney Ellen Sprovach of Rosenberg Sprovach in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-CV-02531

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