by Lynn LaRowe
A local real estate agency is accused of discriminating against a former employee because of her pregnancy, gender and race, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Texarkana.
According to the complaint, Kariesha Hubbard, a 34-year-old African-American woman, was hired in 2015 by Atlanta Exploration Co., doing business as Coldwell Banker Elite Realtors, as a support staff member. However, she was told in January that her position was being eliminated because of restructuring.
“However the truth of the matter was that Atlanta Exploration Company dba Coldwell Banker Elite Realtors did not eliminate support positions, but hired other non-African-American and non-pregnant individuals to perform the same duties assigned to plaintiff,” the complaint states.
Hubbard argues that the company had been happy with her performance, citing a $2-per-hour raise she received in April 2015 as part of a favorable employment evaluation. She also states that she was required to oversee the office by herself in October 2015 when a manager was out sick for a month, and that she received another favorable performance evaluation and raise in February 2016.