African-American Truck Driver Suing Employer for Discrimination

A Black truck driver from Texas was fired after he submitted a complaint.

Posted: 01/25/2013 11:10 AM EST

A Black truck driver is suing his employer for firing him a day after he made a complaint that his managers were discriminating against Black employees.

Bartholomew Booth filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Heckman Water Resources Corp. on Jan. 18 in the Eastern District of Texas Court in Lufkin, Texas.

While working at Heckman, Booth witnessed that Black “employees were spoken to in a demeaning manner, subjected to different rules than whites and denied benefits and privileges,” according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Booth filed a complaint about the unfair treatment on Jan. 10, 2012, and said he was fired the next day.

He is now seeking “an award of damages for back pay, reinstatement or front pay, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, loss of benefits, compensatory damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney’s fees, interest and court costs.”

A jury trial is requested for the case.

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