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  • Writer's pictureDavid Manes

Black man allegedly fired right after starting new job due to previously filed lawsuit.


Employee Files Lawsuit against U.S. Liner for Race Discrimination and Retaliation      

Larry landed a job as a machine operator with U.S. Liner. Happy with his new job, Larry worked hard and earned positive feedback. Larry asserts that his shift commander commended him as an “excellent employee.”

After only two weeks of work, his shift commander asked to meet with Larry. During the meeting, the shift commander reiterated that Larry was an excellent employee, but he followed the compliment up by saying he had to fire Larry. He then waved a document in Larry’s face, which allegedly explained that since Larry filed a lawsuit against his previous employer he was being terminated.

Black man with hand over his face

Dismayed, Larry suspected that being African American factored into the company’s decision to fire him. If he’d been white, he would have kept his job despite the filed lawsuit. Larry requested a copy of the paper declaring his termination, but the shift commander refused, stating that he wasn’t allowed. Not sure if the termination was effective immediately, Larry asked if he should complete his shift. But, the shift commander sent him home.

According to the law, filing a lawsuit is a protected activity. U.S. Liner disregarded this law by retaliating against Larry for pursuing his right to equal employment opportunities. This is illegal and appalling. Of course, U.S. Liner denies all of these claims. KM&A fights for Larry’s employee rights and challenges employers who seem to believe that the law doesn’t apply to them.

Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:17-cv-00904-AJS

Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC is an employment law firm with principal offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, serving all counties in Pennsylvania, focusing on employment law, business law, litigation, and civil issues. KM&A clients include employees, small businesses, parties in litigation, and people with a variety of legal issues.

For more information about this case, contact Attorney Martell Harris at 412-626-5585 or at or Attorney Danielle Parks at 412-626-5593 or

NOTICE: All information contained in this statement comes from the Complaint which has been filed as a public record with the court. As dedicated civil rights attorneys, we strongly believe in the public value of telling our clients’ stories: violators can be held accountable, and other silent victims can feel empowered to stand up for their legal rights. Although we make every attempt to verify our clients’ claims, note that the defendant is expected to oppose our client’s position, and the court has not ruled one way or the other as of the date of this statement.

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