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Woman claims her EEOC complaints led to her wrongful termination

Massachusetts workers who feel that they have been discriminated against are within their legal rights to reach out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission without fear of retaliation. An out-of-state woman alleges that her former employer made several attempts to get rid of her after filing a complaint. After she was fired, she filed a wrongful termination complaint in federal court against the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs as well as its secretary.

The plaintiff claims that her supervisor discriminated against her and harassed her. She alleges that she received an exorbitant amount of work compared to her co-workers and was belittled about how she spoke English. No longer able to tolerate the treatment, she claims to have reported the situation and tried to settle it out of court, but management disregarded her complaints. After she could not find a resolution, she started the process to file a claim with the EEOC.

After the complaint process was started, she alleges that chief of staff was determined to get her fired and tried at least six times between 2010 and 2014. In 2013, her EEOC complaint was resolved, and she was given a different role. However, resolving this complaint reportedly only spurred on continuing harassment against the plaintiff. She asserts that her work hours were reduced down to only two each day, and she was removed from the organizational chart. Additionally, she was not given a proper job description or a new supervisor to whom she could report.

The entire situation purportedly climaxed when the plaintiff was threatened to be fired, led by the chief of staff, just two days after the EEOC concluded monitoring with regard to her complaint. Once again, the plaintiff filed another complaint and was purportedly offered to keep her job if she would retract her complaint; when she refused, she was terminated. She accuses the defendants of wrongful termination and of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Individuals in Massachusetts should not feel bullied after reporting suspected wrongdoing -- even if it means reporting it more than once -- and those who are aggrieved are can turn to the civil court system to pursue claims for justice.

Source:, "Doctor sues VA over alleged wrongful termination", Hoang Tran, Jan. 20, 2016

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