John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 27, 2012, 2:04pm

GALVESTON - A League City woman has taken her former employer and the Texas Workforce Commission to court after her unemployment benefits were hindered, court records show.

Jennifer Sheryl Lazerus filed a lawsuit Sept. 26 against TWC and GL Clear Lake LLC in Galveston County District Court.

She asserts the defendants' actions in the wake of her dismissal from Clear Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge earlier this year were "an abuse of discretion."

Lazerus, who worked as an office manager at the time of the events in question, explains she took medical leave in February to have a procedure to repair a herniated disk in her lower back and a pinched sciatic nerve.

According to the plaintiff, the application process for medical leave encountered a few hurdles until the dealership received a Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee's Serious Health Condition from her treating physician.

The operation occurred, and Lazerus reported for full-time work on April 2.

It was on the specified date which the dealership "constructively discharged" the complainant.

The suit further shows Lazerus applied for unemployment benefits on April 8 and was approved a month later only for her ex-employer to appeal and win.

Consequently, she seeks a judicial review of the decision.

Attorney David Kriewaldt with The Kriewaldt Law Firm PLLC in Houston is representing the plaintiff, and Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-2083

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