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DEFENDANT’S Civil rights - Claimed racial discrimination at hospital – Security guard allegedly terminated because of race/national origin – Adverse employment actions taken.

Collier County, FL

The plaintiff was employed as a security guard at the defendant hospital. He alleged, under the Florida Civil Rights Act, that he was wrongfully terminated by the defendant based on his Hispanic race and national origin. The defendant denied the plaintiff’s allegations, and maintained that the plaintiff was terminated for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons, including poor job performance.

The plaintiff was terminated from his employment by the defendant in July of ________. The plaintiff alleged that his supervisor treated other, non-Hispanic, guards better and made race-based comments. The plaintiff supported that the defendant discriminated against him by giving him unfair disciplinary points, and ultimately terminated his employment because of his race.

The defendant argued that the plaintiff was not performing his security duties properly, and had a number of disciplinary infractions which resulted in his termination. The defense contended that the decision to terminate the plaintiff’s employment was related to his continuous and deliberate violations of hospital policies and procedures, as well as his insubordination. The defendant introduced evidence that the plaintiff was progressively disciplined, and warned about his behaviors prior to his termination.The jury found for the defendant. The case is currently on appeal.

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