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CVS Manager Claims She Was Terminated Because of Race

A former African American employee at a Nederland CVS pharmacy claims that she was wrongfully terminated from her manager position because of her race. If this is the case, then it is a clear violation of the Civil Rights Act. Now former employee Yvonnie Williams is fighting her rights by filing a lawsuit against CVS in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Ms. Williams was told that she was fired for failing to secure company assets during a hurricane evacuation. However, she alleges that this was not the real reason for her termination. According to the filed complaint, Ms. Williams had been employed with CVS for 28 years. She was assigned to work with a new district manager in early 2008, who ordered that the store ignore hurricane evacuation orders. When an evacuation order was issued for Hurricane Ike in September 2008, the district manager made negative comments about her store and her management style to other managers and CVS employees. The complaint says that he did not treat a Caucasian store manager in the same manner. Ms. Williams was then fired from her position less than one week after the storm hit.

Texas employment lawyer Larry Watts will be representing Ms. Williams with her case. She is now seeking damages for mental anguish, emotional distress, lost income, attorney's fees, costs, and interest. She is also seeking injunctive relief, which would reinstate Ms. Williams to her former position as a store manager at CVS. A jury trial has been requested for this particular case.

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