Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Oct. 10, 2012, 2:12pm

A Barnes & Noble employee has filed an age discrimination lawsuit claiming she was fired after complaining about her fears of discrimination.

Jeanne Meynig filed suit against Barnes & Noble Booksellers Inc. on Oct. 5 in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division.

Meynig, who is in her 60s, worked for the Barnes & Noble location in Beaumont for about 10 years. According to the lawsuit, Meynig notified the defendant of her fears of discrimination and her need for cataract surgery. The suit alleges she was told told to leave her employment with some dignity. Meynig was terminated from her job in January.

The defendant is accused of age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and under the Texas Labor Code.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for back pay, reinstatement or front pay, compensatory damages for economic loss, pain and suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, attorney fees, exemplary damages, attorney’s fees and court costs.

Meynig is represented by Kenneth W. Lewis and Stephen L. Townsend of Bush Lewis in Beaumont. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:12-cv-00480

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