Former official sues SBDC at Texas Tech, TTU responds - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former official sues SBDC at Texas Tech, TTU responds

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man, well known in the business community, sues Texas Tech and the Small Business Development Center At Texas Tech..  Efren Villanueva was a senior counselor and at one time he was even the interim director of the SBDC. 

Villanueva claims that when a new director came in he was suddenly the target of racially and age-based derogatory statements.  Villanueva claims that his boss brought up "age related to his pay."  Villanueva claims the boss also blamed his "cultural upbringing or lack thereof" for a report that the boss felt was poor quality.

He also claims he was fired in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. 

Villanueva filed his federal lawsuit October 12th in Fort Worth, where he now lives.  But this week the case was moved back here to Lubbock. 

Texas Tech responds in court records saying Villanueva's boss did critique some of his work and it was poor quality. 

Texas Tech denies that race, age or disability had anything to do with it.  Specifically the response says, "Defendants deny that ... [the boss] discriminated against Plaintiff in any manner."

Texas Tech's legal response also says "Defendants admits that Plaintiff was terminated for his inability to do his job." 

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