Valley Woman Files ‘Reverse Discrimination’ Lawsuit

KGBT-TV (Harlingen, Texas), April 20, 2009

An Anglo woman filed a “reverse discrimination” lawsuit against a Rio Grande Valley assisted-living community based on alleged harassment for not speaking Spanish.

Court records show that San Benito resident Margaret Trafford filed a federal lawsuit against the Canterbury Court assisted living center on Friday.

Trafford worked as the Harlingen center’s marketing director between June 2007 and October 2007.

The lawsuit alleges that she was the only Anglo director while the rest were all Hispanic.

Trafford claims she was discriminated against because of her race and not speaking Spanish.

The 48-year-old woman alleges that the other directors would constantly speak Spanish to her and non-Spanish speaking residents even after they told they didn’t understand.


The San Benito woman says she was given a disciplinary notice when she tried to bring those and other complaints to the attention of management.


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