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White Gay Hospital Worker Fired for Harassment Lacks Bias Claims

June 9, 2021, 5:36 PM

A White Houston Methodist hospital employee failed to show enough comparative evidence to support his assertion he was discharged because of his race after he was accused of sexually harassing a job applicant, the Fifth Circuit ruled.

James Ernst, who is gay, also lacked sex discrimination and retaliation claims against the hospital, the court said. He failed to raise those claims in the charge he filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the intake questionnaire he later filed with the agency doesn’t count as a properly filed charge, the court said.

The hospital fired Ernst from his senior transportation ...

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