A Texas City woman is suing a League City car dealership, asserting that she was fired from her job after complaining to human resources about her co-workers discriminating against her.
Diamond Hinton filed the lawsuit against Hamon Bay Area doing business as Ron Carter Chrysler Jeep Dodge of League City Feb. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Hinton’s issues with the company began almost immediately when, after interviewing for a position, she heard a future co-worker ask “why they would hire a black girl,” according to the lawsuit.
Hinton then began work on Oct. 4, 2016, at the dealership as a cashier and began getting harassed by co-workers, according to the complaint.
Issues included the employee in charge of training telling Hinton she asked “too many stupid questions” and three employees calling Hinton multiple racial names, the lawsuit asserts.
“Despite suffering extreme emotional distress from this constant degradation, plaintiff tolerated the harassment and humiliation in fear of retaliation,” according the lawsuit.
The situation reached a boiling point when Hinton tripped over a concrete barrier in the parking lot and injured her foot on Oct. 7, according to the lawsuit.
Hinton was bleeding and asked her co-workers for help, but they refused to even direct her to a first aid kid, the lawsuit asserts.
Hinton reported the problems with her co-workers to a supervisor and requested a move to a different department, but the supervisor told her the employees were just a “tough batch,” according to the lawsuit.
Working conditions further deteriorated and Hinton filed a complaint with the dealership’s floor manager, who suggested a meeting with human resources, according to the lawsuit.
Hinton met with the human resources manager Oct. 17 and said she felt discriminated against and the manager agreed to deal with the situation and suggested Hinton take racial sensitivity classes, the lawsuit asserts.
“Shortly thereafter, defendant retaliated against plaintiff by discharging her from employment,” the lawsuit asserts.
The lawsuit seeks more than $150,000 in damages.
INTERSTATE 45 WOES
A lawsuit against a construction company doing work on Interstate 45 in Galveston County is moving ahead in district courts, records show.
Attorney William Underwood III filed an amended petition against Durwood Greene Construction Co. Feb. 22 in the 212th District Court, records show.
Shortly thereafter, three notices of written deposition were filed in the court for plaintiffs in the case.
“We’re getting ready to take depositions, but they haven’t started yet,” Underwood said. “They want to get those scheduled along with inspections of the vehicles. We’ll get those done in the next couple of weeks.”
Underwood is representing more than 70 people seeking compensation for vehicles they said were damaged during Durwood Greene’s road milling project it performed along the north- and southbound lanes of Interstate 45 along a 2.1-mile stretch between Tiki Island and Texas City.
Many residents complained to the Texas Department of Transportation about the work leading to damaged vehicles.
Some plaintiffs were even injured because of the road work, according to the lawsuit.
Durwood Greene was awarded a $3.32 million contract from the state transportation department for the project, which required the company to keep the road safe for travel and in passable condition during projects, according to the filing.
A Dickinson woman and a carpenter are feuding in Galveston County courts over outstanding payments for 2017 carpentry work, court records show.
Johnny Jackson, doing business as Live Oak Carpentry, filed a lawsuit against Brenda Biondo Feb. 13 in the 122nd District Court, asserting the two had agreed to a contract to install kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but that Biondo hadn’t paid all costs.
Biondo paid $4,000 upfront, but did not pay the remaining $4,400 when Jackson completed work on the residence, according to the lawsuit.
“Defendant indicated that she was happy with the services completed by plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit.
Biondo doesn’t agree, according to court records.
“Mr. Jackson installed cabinets that look horrible,” Biondo said in a complaint she filed against him Dec. 22 in small claims court.
Biondo is representing herself in the lawsuit, court records show.
Biondo’s initial filing came two days after Jackson asked for the remaining $4,400 after completing the work, he said in his complaint.
“The workmanship was horrible and I asked if he could meet to discuss and he texted me calling me terrible names and threatened me,” Biondo’s complaint asserts.
Jackson filed a general denial against her claims, court records show.
Biondo has not yet responded to Jackson’s complaint, records show.
TRIALS THIS WEEK
Three trials are set for Galveston County courts this week, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Bill Reed, the felony division chief, said.
The 10th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against David William Lee Boyd, 37, of Bacliff, on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.
The 56th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Benny Eugene Conner, 43, of Texas City, on a charge of sex offender’s duty to register for life.
The 122nd District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Alouize Erin Maki, 43, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.