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Employee alleges he was fired for voicing concerns about treatment of fellow workers


By Carrie Bradon | Sep 11, 2019

HOUSTON — A Harris County man is suing an oil country tubular good producer, alleging that he was terminated after voicing concerns about the workplace treatment of fellow employees.

William V. Brokish filed a complaint Aug. 21 in Harris County District Court against Black Diamond Capital Management LLC and Boomerang Tube LLC, alleging a hostile workplace and gender and racial discrimination.

According to the complaint, Brokish began his employment for Boomerang Feb. 2, 2015, as its manager of environmental health and safety. During the course of his employment, the plaintiff says he noticed there was offensive and derogatory language used. Brokish states he voiced his dislike of this treatment but nothing was done. 

The suit alleges Brokish was asked to evaluate the performance of a supervisor solely based to the race of the individual, and the plaintiff said that race had nothing to do with the employee's behavior. The defendant allegedly acted surprised.

Brokish said he noticed that Boomerang then directed a female employee to distribute popsicles while wearing a miniskirt, which was inappropriate and suggestive. The plaintiff said he also was subjected to disrespectful treatment from his superintendent who would flick the plaintiff on the ear and head when he disapproved of him. Brokish said he reported his concerns to a manager, but the defendant failed to take the necessary steps to respond to the poor treatment, and the plaintiff was terminated March 18, 2019.

Brokish seeks between $200,000 and $1 million, attorney fees, trial by jury, interest, court costs and all other just relief. He is represented by attorneys Gregg M. Rosenberg and Renee Nguyen of Rosenberg Sprovach in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-58405

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