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Harris County Woman Sues for Gender, National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination, or at least allegations of it, are becoming quite common in modern American workplaces. A woman in Harris County filed such a lawsuit against her former employer, APR Acquisitions Inc., after she alleged that she was wrongfully terminated.

The woman, Maria M. Nava, also alleged wage disparity based on gender (i.e. gender discrimination), claiming that men were paid more than women and that men also got promoted faster than women. APR Acquisitions conducts business under the name Double Eagle Sports & Events.

Nava, a woman of Hispanic origin, claimed that she and others of Hispanic origin were denied insurance and not invited to company events, writes The Southeast Texas Record. Nava also claims she was fired for complaining about discrimination.

Let's back up and explain a few key concepts. A wrongful termination lawsuit is one in which the former employee alleges that he or she was wrongfully dismissed.

A discrimination lawsuit is one in which an employee or former employee alleges that he or she was subject to discrimination based on a protected status. Protected status can include race, national origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, among other reasons.

The two can be combined in a wrongful termination lawsuit that alleges discrimination. Essentially, if a worker believes he or she has been dismissed from a job because of a discriminatory motive, then a wrongful dismissal lawsuit is in order.

But these lawsuits aren't always easy to win. There needs to be a showing of pretext -- that the action wasn't motivated by race, and that there were other factors that served as the primary reason for the dismissal.

According to Nava's lawsuit, as reported by the Southeast Texas Record, the company gave no explanation as to why it allegedly treated Hispanics differently. APR Acquisitions will likely answer Nava's charges when the company files its response to her complaint.

National origin discrimination and gender disparity aren't new, and they're not going away. For more information on gender disparity in pay or on employment discrimination, have a look at some of our related resource links below.

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