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Security guard fired after attending son’s birth in New Hampshire

Lamar Austin, whose baby was born in Concord, New Hampshire this year, was terminated from his post after attending his son’s birth. At the time, Austin was employed as a part-time security guard with Salerno Protective Services.

According to Austin, he was not able to attend one shift in December because he had to accompany his wife, Lindsay, to a doctor’s appointment. His wife then went into labor on the night of Friday, December 30 and Cainan was born on Sunday, January 1. The birth caused Austin to miss his Friday and Saturday shifts. After that, Austin received a text message at approximately 1 a.m. of New Year’s Day saying, “As of now, you are terminated.”

Our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm provide legal services for our clients in Austin and other areas in Texas. We handle employment-related issues, such as wrongful termination, a hostile work environment, retaliation, and whistleblower offenses, among others. Call our offices today at (512) 330-0017 to learn more about your legal options.


U.S. EEOC files lawsuit against nursing home for disability discrimination

Marble Falls-based Granite Mesa Legend Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center fired a certified nurse assistant when he told the facility he was HIV-positive, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed in a lawsuit filed last Tuesday, October 4.

According to the lawsuit, Granite Mesa Health Center, Ltd. unlawfully required a medical examination of a member of the nursing staff after he disclosed he tested positive for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). According to EEOC senior trial attorney Patrick Connor, “The limited avenues for transmission of HIV/AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) have long been understood by the medical and health care community. The employer here nonetheless made decisions based on unfounded fears and misperceptions rather than on correct, current medical knowledge about HIV infection.”

Employers have the responsibility of providing a working environment for employees that makes them feel safe – physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, in some situations, employers do not follow this basic tenet of common human decency and resort to the unfair treatment of their employees. If you face discrimination in Austin, call our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm today at (512) 330-0017 to see what we can do for you.


Wills Point woman files suit against city of Van

Wills Point resident Cathy McCoy filed a lawsuit on Thursday, July 14 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against the City of Van, claiming sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

According to the legal complaint that McCoy filed, the city subjected her to a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and eventually unlawful termination between May 2014 and July 2015. McCoy said after a training officer sexually harassed her, the City of Van refused to transfer her to a new training officer. She was therefore exposed to a hostile working environment every day for the duration of her employment. The city fired her after claiming that she did not have the ability to complete her training, McCoy claimed. McCoy is suing for emotional pain, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of wages, and loss of enjoyment of life.

The employment attorneys at The Melton Law Firm handle employment concerns and problems such as hostile working environment and wrongful termination cases. To learn more about your legal options and rights or to discuss your situation, speak with our attorneys by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 330-0017.


Fired APD officer sues for wrongful termination

Former Austin Police Department Officer Blayne Williams, who was fired from the force in 2015, is appealing his termination, claiming that he was fired for filing a discrimination complaint against the department.

In his lawsuit filed on Thursday, April 28, Williams says that his termination from the police force is unjust because he was not informed of complaints filed against him, which is a requirement of the civil service. He also attributes his termination to a discrimination complaint he lodged against the police department in 2011, saying he felt he received different treatment than his white counterparts. City of Austin spokesman Bryce Bencivengo said that the city stands by Police Chief Art Acevedo, noting “We are prepared to defend Chief Acevedo’s decisions, which were upheld by an independent hearing examiner.”

If you are experiencing employment issues in Austin, such as a hostile work environment, wrongful termination, a wage dispute, or discrimination, the attorneys at The Melton Law Firm may be able to help you with your situation. Call our offices at (512) 330-0017 to see what we can do for you.


Daycare employees terminated from their posts claim violation of religious liberties

Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt, who both work at the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Houston, Texas, said during a press conference on Tuesday, November 10 that they were terminated from their posts earlier this month because they did not follow the wishes of the parents of a six-year-old girl who goes to that particular daycare for that child to be identified as a transgender boy.

Kirksey and Wyatt said that they have already lodged a federal complaint against their former employer, claiming that by firing them, their employer had committed a violation against their religious liberties as Christians.

Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center spokesman Jamie Izaks, in a different interview on Wednesday, November 11, said that he is not at liberty to discuss employment matters on a public scale but added that the company holds that the pair did not suffer a violation of their religious liberties.

Employment issues can be extremely contentious and complex, and our Austin employment lawyers at The Melton Law Firm are here to help you if you believe that your rights have been violated in any way. Contact us today at (512) 330-0017 to learn more.


Landry’s restaurant files petition to arbitrate wrongful termination suit

Houston, Texas-based restaurant chain Landry’s Inc. has filed a plea of abatement on June 25, 2015 to abate a wrongful termination claim filed by Houston resident and former Landry’s employee Joseph Hoffman on April 9, 2015 in Jefferson County District Court, which, according to Hoffman, was a retaliatory action for a workers’ compensation benefit claim he filed in April 2014, court records showed.

According to the filed plea of abatement, the lawsuit should be abated due to the right of arbitration set out in the contract between the employer and the employee when the employee first accepted the job with his employer.

If you have been mistreated in any form in your workplace, may it be from your employer or co-workers, you can seek justice by calling our attorneys at The Melton Law Firm in Austin. Call us at (512) 330-0017 to talk to our skilled lawyers about your case today.

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