Many workers in Texas encounter workplace discrimination in many ways, but a case before a federal court will be addressing a relatively unusual type of situation. The matter regards the complaint of a former employee of a forklift company who lost her job because the company president's wife did not want him interacting with any female employees.
The former employee's case cites Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects workers from discrimination on the basis of sex. Few legal precedents exist that could guide a court's decision about this complaint. Other cases that involved spousal jealousy at work focused on a single employee and not all female employees. Because the president's wife placed a complete ban on interaction with any women, the case could potentially represent an example of sex discrimination. The jealous wife was also an employee of the company.
According to the court complaint, the female plaintiff gradually noticed that the president was treating her differently than male employees. The president did not invite her to meetings, and he would not look at her. She said that the vice president eventually banned her from entering the president's office or speaking to him directly. When the president fired her, he said that his wife did not want him working closely with women.
Men and women both have a right to fair treatment at a workplace that does not discriminate against them on the basis of sex, age, disability, national origin, religion or race. An attorney familiar with employee rights could advise someone who suspects discrimination. An attorney could compare the facts to existing laws and offer an opinion about the likelihood of an employee recovering damages from an employer.