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Former Laredo CCA Warden Sues for Wrongful Termination

A former warden at Corrections Corporation of America's Laredo Processing Center has sued the company claiming that he was wrongfully terminated because of his race and age, according to the Laredo Morning Times. According to the article,

Jose L. Hinojosa was the warden for the Corrections Corporation of America's processing center in Laredo, a 350-bed unit on East Saunders St. that handled Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detainees from 1987 to 2006, according to court documents.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges Hinojosa was ordered to resign as warden because he is a Mexican-American man who, at the age of 62, told superiors he intended to keep his job for 10 more years.

This was done in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the lawsuit alleges. Hinojosa is asking for more than $3 million in damages.

Two things jump out at me after reading this story. First, this is the same facility where Tomas Contreras, the 40 year U.S. resident who was detained coming back from visiting family in Mexico, was allegedly beaten after raising concerns about conditions.

Second, the lawsuit is seeking $3 million in damages. A suit of that size for discrimination makes CCA's offer to provide Williamson County a $250,000 credit line to fight lawsuits at the T. Don Hutto family unit almost laughable. If a serious incident (perhaps "inappropriate sexual contact" or an 8 year-old girl being separated from her mother for 4 days) occurs at Hutto, $250,000 would be a drop in the bucket for legal fees and damages the county could incur.