Judge appoints Houston attorney to monitor company

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Posted: Dec 22, 2009 1:25 PM

A federal judge has appointed a Houston lawyer to monitor an east Texas company cited for discriminating against black employees.

Tony P. Rosenstein of the Houston firm Baker Botts will serve as an ombudsman to investigate complaints from Lufkin Industries employees. The publicly-traded company manufactures oil field equipment and industrial gearboxes.

The appointment was detailed in an injunction issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark of Beaumont as part of the resolution of black workers' class-action lawsuit against Lufkin Industries.

Company president and chief executive Jay Glick declined comment.

Clark ruled last June that Lufkin Industries' black employees are due $5.5 million in back pay and interest. The ruling cited the 107-year-old company for unlawful discrimination in awarding promotions.