U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Lodges Complaints against Love's

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A U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit charges that Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. engaged in race discrimination and retaliation against a Broken Bow employee for supporting a former store manager in her sex discrimination suit against Love's.

The federal court action, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, was filed on behalf of Daphne Williams, a black woman who had worked at the Broken Bow Love's as a cashier for nine years.

Robert Johnson, regional attorney of EEOC's St. Louis District Office, said Williams was an excellent employee.

"But for her race and her involvement in the sex discrimination lawsuit against Love's she would not have lost her job," Johnson said. "Race discrimination is not only illegal, but it is also just plain bad business. Retaliating against an employee for legitimately exercising her rights under our employment discrimination laws simply makes a bad situation worse."

The suit contends that Williams had an excellent work record until a new general manager was selected to supervise the Broken Bow store in October 2003.

EEOC senior trial attorney Michelle Robertson said the lawsuit alleges that Love's disciplining and discharge of Williams violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"We are alleging that she had been identified as a witness for a former employee who had a Title VII case. …