66-year-old breast cancer survivor sues employer after losing job

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jul. 20, 2012, 11:00am


SHERMAN - A 66-year-old breast cancer survivor has filed a discrimination lawsuit against her former employer claiming she was fired due to her age and in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act.

Elizabeth Anne Braziel filed suit against Medtronic Inc. on June 15 in Grayson County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division on July 12.

Braziel was hired by the defendant in 2002 and worked as a pacemaker implant clinic specialist. In October 2007, Braziel was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the fall of 2009, at the age of 63, Braziel states she was approached by her supervisor regarding deficiencies in her work.

In May 2010, she took medical leave to undergo additional surgeries and when she returned form leave, she was terminated, according to the suit.

The defendant is accused of age discrimination and for violating the Family Medical Leave Act.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for lost income and bonuses, back pay, emotional pain, front pay, inconvenience, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, exemplary damages, attorney's fees, interest and court costs.

Braziel is represented by Sherman attorney G. Talmadge Nix III.

U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00426

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