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$25,000 Federal Jury Award For Racial/Sex Discrimination by TDCJ

On October 9, 2003, a federal jury awarded a former employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) $25,000 in compensation for damages caused by discrimination against her due to her race and gender.

Latrice M. Sellers was a 35-year-old black female employed by TDCJ as a Food Service Supervisor. After she complained of race- and gender-based discrimination, she was allegedly subjected to retaliation when she was passed over for promotions she qualified for, given bogus disciplinary actions, subjected to arbitrary changes in work hours, and prevented from transferring to another prison to escape the hostile work environment. She filed suit against TDCJ under 42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) and 42 U.S.C. § 1981(a).

A federal jury found in Sellers favor and awarded her $25,000. The judge ruled that she was owed $12,366.61 in pre-judgment interest and post-judgment interest at 1.17% per annum. The court maintained jurisdiction to hear plaintiff's application for costs and attorney fees.

See: Sellers v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice, U.S.D.C.-S.D.Tex., Civil Action No. C-99-108.

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