Was firing retaliation? Lufkin faces bias lawsuit

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A former Lufkin Industries employee is suing the oil field equipment manufacturer, alleging he was fired for complaining about racial discrimination.

William Fisher, who is black, claims the company retaliated against him for filing a complaint after a younger, white supervisor called him “boy.”

Lufkin says it fired Fisher for en­­gaging in “an activity other than assigned work ... the unauthorized selling or soliciting the sale of articles.”

Fisher’s lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, lost pay and reinstatement.

Note: This case will most likely come down to whether anyone documented the alleged incident. Did Fisher file a complaint? Did Lufkin receive it? If so, was it investigated? Careful documentation can make all the difference in many of these kinds of lawsuits.

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