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Woman claims workplace discrimination forced her to resign

Discrimination can be encountered by Massachusetts workers in many forms, some not as blatant as others, but all types are against the law. An out-of-state employee alleges that she was the victim of workplace discrimination based on her race. Her complaint has been filed in a federal court in the hopes that the court can right the wrongs against her.

Two months after the plaintiff was hired, she was promoted to be a store manager. For the next three years, the stores she was responsible for had apparently thrived. She claims that she never received negative disciplinary action and had thought that she was succeeding at her job. Things apparently began to change after a new district manager was hired in 2013.

The plaintiff claims she gave notice to the new district manager about needing two days off the following month because her mother was having surgery and would need her assistance. The request was apparently granted, but, just before she was going to take those days off, she was told that she would have to go back to her original schedule and work on the days that she needed off. The plaintiff claims she explained that she could not do that because she already planned to be off so she could be with her mother.

The plaintiff was demoted to a retail employee and allegedly, after she refused to quit, was taken down to part-time. The woman gave up and ultimately resigned, believing that the way she was being treated was because of her race. It is illegal for employers in Massachusetts or elsewhere to mistreat workers on the basis of any legally protected status. Aggrieved workers who successfully pursue their workplace discrimination claims may be awarded monetary compensation and, in some cases, be reinstated into their former positions.

Source:, "Woman accuses welfare group, Goodwill of race discrimination", Kyla Asbury, Oct. 13, 2015

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