David Yates Nov. 5, 2012, 9:12pm

A former clerk for a Jefferson County official is suing the county and the man she worked for, alleging she was terminated for reporting an alteration of governmental records. 

Lisa Schaver Harris filed the suit against the county and Justice of the Peace Precinct 7 Brad Burnett on Nov. 1 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, Schaver was employed as chief clerk for Burnett. She claims she was terminated after she reported that Burnett allegedly altered government records.

“Defendants violated plaintiff’s rights to protected speech when she was terminated for having reported Burnett’s altering death certificates as related to causes of death to the third persons (Carey) Erickson (human resources director) and the District Attorney,” the suit states.

“Defendants are not entitled to any immunities … having acted with callous disregard of the rights of plaintiff.”

Schaver is asking the court to reinstate her to her position and grant an injunction against the county prohibiting officials from violating her rights.

Missouri City attorney Larry Watts represents her.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. A193-540

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