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Employee accuses CenterPoint Energy of discrimination


By Shanice Harris | Aug 15, 2019

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HOUSTON -- A former employee is suing CenterPoint Energy, accusing the company of discrimination.

Olga Lydia Mireles of Pasadena filed suit in Harris County District Court on July 23, alleging violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

According to the complaint, Mireles worked for CenterPoint Energy Inc. for several years and was considered efficient and effective at her job. During her time there, the plaintiff, who is a Mexican-American, alleges she was subjected to malicious statements about her race and gender. Mireles said she accused the company of discrimination and, as a result, was reprimanded for speaking out. 

Mireles filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging CenterPoint promised her certain benefits after the completion of her work. But once she finished, the suit alleges, the defendants rescinded and breached their employment contract with her. “[The] plaintiff specifically alleges that defendant is liable to her under the principles of fraudulent misrepresentation,” according to court filings. 

After looking over her complaint, Mireles says, the EEOC issued her the right to sue the company. 

Mireles seeks damages, including costs of court, attorney fees, interest and all other just relief. She is represented by attorney Woodrow Epperson of Kerrville. 

Harris County District Court case number: 2019-50048 

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