EEOC Says Energy Co. Fired Woman Over Bias Claim

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday sued energy trader Vitol Inc. and industrial company Johnson Controls Inc. in Texas, alleging the two companies unlawfully retaliated against an employee for filing a discrimination claim against Vitol.

The EEOC is alleging violations by both companies under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 on behalf of Lucinda Gonzalez, a former executive secretary to Vitol President Miguel A. Loya.

In 2008, Gonzalez was...
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