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Beaumont Pepsi Employee Files Discrimination Lawsuit

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Denying an employee a promotion on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin is unlawful and could be considered a valid reason among Houston employment lawyers to file suit. The Southeast Texas Record reports that an employee of Pepsi-Cola Metropolitan Bottling Group, also known as PepsiCo Inc., filed a race discrimination lawsuit against the company in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Ulysses Graves claims that he applied for a large format sales position in August 2009, which would have been a promotion from his sales representative position. Yet the employee stated that he was denied the promotion based on his race although he was "unquestionably the best person for the sales position."

According to the complaint, a "less-qualified white person" was promoted instead of Ulysses Graves. The plaintiff is now seeking damages for lost wages and benefits, compensatory damages for mental anguish, interest, court costs and attorneys' fees.

Denying to promote an employee on the basis of race is just one form of racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. According to FindLaw, Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Anybody who believes that they have been a victim of discrimination by a current or potential employer as a job applicant or current employee, should contact a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a claim.

Related Resources:

  • Employment Discrimination: Overview (FindLaw)
  • See a Houston Employment Lawyer (FindLaw)
  • Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees (FindLaw)

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