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$57,500 Settlement for Texas Prison’s Discriminatory and Retaliatory Occurrences

In October 2006, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) settled a suit for alleged discriminatory and retaliatory occurrences filed by former TDCJ's Parole Division Supervisor in San Antonio Manuel M. Mermea, Jr.
In June 26, 2003, Mermea filed the suit under Title VII, alleging TDCJ retaliated against him for filing internal grievances and complaints with TDCJ's Equal Employment Opportunity office in March 5, 2003 and filing federal EEOC charges of discrimination on March 14, 2003. After attending an EEOC-Sponsored mediation and reaching a settlement, TDCJ retaliated by including prior voided disciplinary actions and falsifying documentation when changing the level of disciplinary charges.
In the full and final settlement, both parties amicably agreed to resolve the claims. The TDCJ agreed to pay Mermea $34,500, and his attorneys Liana Gonzales and Kathleen Day $11,500 each. The TDCJ agreed to void Mermea’s last disciplinary action but not destroy them. Instead, the paperwork will remain in his TDCJ employment file. The TDCJ will change the payroll status to reflect District Parole Officer with no change to his pay or benefits. See: Mermea v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Texas), Case No. 5:04-cv-01054-WRF

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Mermea v. Texas Department of Criminal Justice