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Ft. Worth LULAC Council Presient Sues Tarrant County a

Ft. Worth LULAC Council Presient Sues Tarrant County a

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Richard Sambrano richardnoesambrano@yahoo.com Ft.

Worth LULAC Council Presient Sues Tarrant County Alleging Racial and Age Discrimination
A number of LULACers including myself, Ed Elizondo, Lee Saldivar and Vicky Neave are involved helping Richard Gonzalez, council president, in his discrimination fight with Tarrant county. We had a series of meetings with a Black, Tan and Brown coalition to brainstorm resolution of the issues and finally Victoria Neave who is a former national LULAC official filed a sued in court. Below is an article that should be shared with the LULAC family. Victoria can be reached at 214-391-5555 or Victoria@abogadadallas.com. Two weeks ago she opened her own law firm. Richard LULAC COUNCIL PRESIDENT SUES TARRANT COUNTY ALLEGING RACIAL AND AGE DISCRIMINATION According to the Ft. Worth Star, longtime employee of Tarrant County Juvenile Services and president of a LULAC council in district 21, Richard Gonzalez, has sued the county, alleging a pattern of institutional racial discrimination dating to 2005 when he was passed over for a promotion to assistant director of the department. At a news conference Tuesday on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse, Dallas attorney, owner and CEO of Victoria's Law Firm, Victoria Neave who filed the lawsuit said Mr. Gonzales, who is in his 60s, was discriminated against based on his race and age when he applied for a promotion from his job as deputy director of administrative services. According Neave Gonzales' position was eliminated in 2010 and he was demoted to his current job as a grant writer for the juvenile services department. When Gonzales, who is Hispanic, sought another promotion to a job in his former pay grade, he was denied the opportunity to apply. "We believe there has been a pattern of discrimination and a hostile work environment," Neave said.

The Tarrant County district attorney's office does not comment on pending cases, but it said Gonzales filed a complaint with the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission in 2011. The Commission did not find in his favor, the office said. Flanked by 10 members of the Black, Tan and Brown Caucus at the news conference, Neave said that Randy Turner, director of the juvenile services department, allegedly told Gonzales that "he was going to hire an AfricanAmerican regardless of other applicants' qualifications." The lawsuit claims that Turner also said he would deny making the remark if Gonzales ever told anyone. "They are trying to pit two minority groups against each other in Tarrant County," Neave said. The Black, Tan and Brown Caucus is a Fort Worth-based group with a mission of helping disenfranchised communities. According to the lawsuit, Gonzales seeks damages of more than $200,000 but less than $1 million, as well as back pay and reinstatement to his previous position.
Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/26/4730768/tarrant-employees-lawsuitalleges.html#storylink=omni_popular#storylink=cpy

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