November, 2014 | The Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan

Texas Man Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Mundy

A Texas man has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against his employer, claiming that he was fired twice: first because of his ethnicity and then again in retaliation for a discrimination complaint.

Cleveland McGuire filed the lawsuit against Mundy Companies Inc. in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

McGuire says in the lawsuit that he is an African-American male who worked as a general foreman in charge of maintenance operations at Mundy’s plant. He claims that he was the only black male supervisor at the plant.

According to the lawsuit, on October 9, 2013, a white female worker became upset over a workplace incident involving a black worker and began shouting racial slurs directed toward McGuire. McGuire claims that he reported the incident to a Mundy superintendent and shift leader, but no action was taken. McGuire states that after he reported the incident, the white female worker made false claims of sexual harassment against him.

McGuire claims that he was wrongfully terminated on October 21, 2013. A white man was hired to fill his position. According to the lawsuit, after McGuire complained to the company, Mundy rehired him in a lower-paying position. However, on November 18, 2013, McGuire filed an Equal Opportunity Commission complaint based on the previous incident. He claims that his employment was then terminated for a second time in retaliation on December 16, 2013.

McGuire claims race discrimination, retaliation and age discrimination. He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for lost earnings, lost wages and mental pain and suffering. He has requested a jury trial.

Investment company sues Burger King Europe in Texas federal court, claiming tortious interference

An investment company has filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court against Burger King Europe GmbH, accusing the fast-food giant of interfering with a contract.

Chrisian Groenke, the sole shareholder of Strategic Global Investment Capital, Inc., claims that Burger King interfered with Groenke’s contract to sell his shares of German Burger King outlets to a joint venture that already owned 91 other outlets. Groenke claims that he attempted to exit the market after many of Burger King Europe’s own restaurants became insolvent.

The complaint alleges that Burger King Europe suggested that Groenke sell to the joint venture that was the largest Burger King franchisee in Europe, but that the company then interfered with the contract. After Groenke entered into a contract to sell his interests in the Burger King market in Europe, the company took the position that the sale could not proceed.

According to the lawsuit, the company “implicitly threatened” to terminate Goenke’s franchise agreements if he proceeded with the sale.

Burger King Europe has also filed suit against Groenke in Texas federal court, claiming that he owes more than $650,000 in franchise fees.

Groenke’s lawsuit accuses the company of tortious interference with an existing contract and tortious interference with a prospective contract, and it seeks a declaration from the court interpreting the franchise agreements for the restaurants Groenke owned.

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