Fired employee sues Gabriel Brothers for alleged racial discrimination

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 26, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania resident is suing Gabriel Brothers Inc., d/b/a Gabe's, a West Virginia corporation, alleging hostile work environment, racial discrimination, and retaliation.

Tara Johns filed a complaint on Nov. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Gabriel Brothers Inc., d/b/a Gabe's, alleging the West Virginia corporation breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that while she was employed by the defendant as a general store manager at its Pottstown branch, plaintiff was subjected to racial discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment by defendant's employees and management based on her race as an African-American, leading to her unlawful termination on Aug. 22. 

The plaintiff holds Gabriel Brothers Inc., d/b/a Gabe's, responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected plaintiff to a hostile work environment and abruptly terminated plaintiff for alleged pretextual reasons.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for compensatory and punitive damages, equitable and legal relief, costs and expenses of action, and attorney's fees. She is represented by Ari Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti PC in Bensalem.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-04918.

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