A Hillsborough County resident is suing Monro Muffler Brake Inc., more familiar to Tampa Bay residents as McGee Auto Service, for workplace discrimination.
On Oct. 14, 2016, Myron Walker filed a complaint and demanded a jury trial against Monro, which conducts business as McGee Auto.
In the complaint, Walker demands compensation for lost income, benefits, and employment as well as damages, including emotional distress. He is also asking for reinstatement to the position Walker held before he was fired.
McGee Auto is being accused of one count each of racial discrimination and retaliation.
Under Florida law, it is illegal to interfere with an employee’s rights due to their race. Walker claims McGee Auto violated this law when a McGee Auto manager, listed as “Ryan,” made racial remarks to him.
According to the suit, on separate occasions, Ryan would make racist and hostile jokes to Walker. He told Walker that he “would never hire a black person with dreads.” The manager also instructed Walker that to prevent Caucasian customers from being scared off, he should walk out of the store.
Walker complained to the district manager after Ryan stated, “I hate black people,” and looked at Walker, saying, “Yeah, your people.”
After making the complaint about Ryan’s actions, Walker was terminated for pretextual reasons, but he believes it was retaliation for his claims.
Walker believes his treatment in the workplace was based on his race, not his work performance. He claims the actions of the manager were done with malice.
Due to the actions of his manager, Walker is suffering from mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of job opportunity.
Walker worked for the auto company from April to September 2016. In August, he was transferred to the Valrico location, where the actions in his complaint he claims took place. In his few months with the company, Walker performed his job at a satisfactory level.
The reason for Walker’s termination remains unknown.
Both parties reside in Hillsborough County.
The McGee Auto named in the suit is at 3523 Bell Shoals Road in Valrico.