A Texas man has filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court against his former employer, alleging age discrimination.
Miguel Cortes filed the lawsuit against Brand Energy Solutions on July 28.
Cortes, who is over age 60, said that his supervisor at a Deer Park job site began harassing and humiliating him because of his age. Cortes claims that the supervisor made comments regarding Cortes’ age, and that he demanded that Cortes work faster than younger employees and perform tasks that were outside of his job description.
In the lawsuit, Cortes claims that he scheduled a meeting with the supervisor and the plant manager to discuss the issue, but the plant manager threatened both men with termination if they were not able to resolve the issue themselves.
According to the complaint, the supervisor’s behavior continued shortly after the meeting, and Cortes was told that he was being transferred to another shift and replaced by a younger worker. After contesting the transfer, Cortes claims that he was discharged or constructively discharged from employment.
The lawsuit accuses the employer of age discrimination and retaliation under the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act. Cortes claims he lost wages and benefits and suffered mental anguish and emotional distress. He is seeking actual, liquidated and exemplary damages as well as other relief.