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Union Pacific Must Face New Retaliation Suit by Fired Employee

March 8, 2021, 4:36 PM

A former employee who says Union Pacific Railroad Co. suspended and then fired her because she complained about a hostile work environment and other discrimination can pursue retaliation claims, the Fifth Circuit ruled.

Aisha Wright alleges that she was benched “just one business day” after she filed a new complaint via the railroad’s internal equal employment opportunity commission, the court said, partly reviving Wright’s 2019 lawsuit. Wright had previously sued Union Pacific for discrimination and retaliation in August 2016, but later settled that suit, the court said.

Wright’s new suit also adequately alleges retaliation claim under Title VII of the...

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