Greg Hubbard spent his childhood in England and speaks with a British accent. He claimed Tyco Integrated Cable Systems Inc. discriminated and retaliated against him because of this.
Hubbard produced evidence that after that confrontation, he began taking half days off from work because of the stress from the harassment. The court said that Hubbard's ability to demonstrate that he was subjected to severe, pervasive harassment that altered the conditions of his workplace was a close call, but that the case would go to a jury.
However, the wrongful termination claims that he was fired because of national origin discrimination and/or retaliated against through the firing based upon his complaints of national origin discrimination would not go to a jury leaving Hubbard a smaller case for the jury to consider.
The court said it defies logic to argue that the same company that hired Hubbard and rapidly promoted him while knowing him to be English would then discharge him because he was English. The court said that Hubbard's insubordination came from making contact with an employee after being given direct instructions not to do so and for making what the company deemed as inappropriate, intimidating remarks to a member of management.
There was evidence that fellow employees, in large part Omega White Dial Speedmaster because of his supervisory capacity as an inspector, made derogatory remarks about his national origin referring to him as "an English idiot" and also made similar negative comments referring to his national origin.
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The court noted that it was a close call as to whether or not his co workers' national origin slurs were actually based upon him critiquing their work because he was in a supervisory role. In other words, the judge left it to a jury to conclude whether or not Hubbard was harassed because he was an inspector and his national origin was simply a tool his harassers could use to intensify their verbal attacks against him. The court was asked by Tyco to rule that the alleged abuse and hostile work environment was not so severe or pervasive that it altered the conditions of employment or created an abusive work environment.
In this case, Hubbard, for a span of several months, was subjected to daily verbal abuse from one of his co workers and then physically confronted "chest to chest" by that co worker.
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Claim not easy to prove
It is not enough for an employee who was fired to prove that he is a member of a protected class to establish an employment discrimination claim.
Hubbard was unable to provide evidence that those who decided to terminate his employment would not have done so but for his contact with the employee he was instructed not to contact.
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