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Staffing Agency Can Sue Hospital for Racial Discrimination

Jan. 15, 2020, 9:03 PM

A temporary staffing agency can sue a Dallas hospital under federal discrimination law over the hospital’s alleged preference for Hispanic kitchen workers, the Fifth Circuit said Wednesday.

White Glove Staffing Inc. had standing to sue Methodist Dallas Medical Center for racial discrimination under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981, even though it hadn’t shown it had a “minority racial identity,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit said.

While negotiating a contract to provide Methodist with temporary workers, White Glove sent a black woman to work as a prep cook at the hospital. After a few days, the hospital asked...

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