Akram M. Taleghani, who is a 61 year old of Iranian national origin, charges that Baylor University Medical Center discriminated against her by terminating her employment while keeping U.S. born employees under 40 years of age and treating them more favorable than Taleghani because of her age and/or national origin.
The following are allegations that were made in the lawsuit complaint:
Taleghani started working at Baylor as a pharmacist in March 1995. Approximately 7 months before Taleghani was terminated, a new team took over management of the pharmacy. Kirk Starr was hired as the Director. Shortly thereafter, Starr hired Angela Starza as the lead Supervisor. Lloyd Thurman was Taleghani’s Immediate Supervisor.
Starza allegedly had problems with Taleghani from the beginning. Starza stopped Taleghani from training the new pharmacists and instead had a technician train the new pharmacists. In addition, Starza allegedly had an issue with Taleghani’s accent and, in fact, suggested that Taleghani take an English class.
In October 2013, Thurman gave Taleghani positive marks on her annual review. Taleghani claims that Thurman was happy with her work and complimentary of her job performance. During this review there was no mention of any job performance problems. Taleghani’s entire work history is allegedly discipline free.
On November 11, 2013, Starr and Human Resources representative Jaime Corliss informed Taleghani that she was being terminated based upon her performance and a recommendation that she be terminated. During this meeting, Taleghani was also told that her position was being eliminated. Starr and Corliss allegedly refused to tell Taleghani who made the recommendation that she be terminated.
Taleghani learned that of the approximately one hundred employees in her same job classification or organization unit, 6 employees were being terminated. All 6 employees were 50 years-of-age or older and 5 of the 6 were born outside of the U.S.
Baylor allegedly terminated Taleghani while retaining younger and/or U.S. born workers because of her age and/or national origin. Baylor allegedly tried to get Taleghani to sign a release of her legal rights to pursue an action for age discrimination and national origin discrimination against Baylor, but Taleghani refused to sign.
Taleghani filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the EEOC issued a Notice of Right to Sue on September 2, 2014.
Taleghani has sought other positions with Baylor, but Baylor has allegedly failed and refused to consider, assist or place Taleghani in another job with the Pharmacy or company due to her age and/or national origin.
This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.