John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 13, 2013, 3:05pm

HOUSTON - Katy resident Brian K. Williams claims the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System fired him for trying to exercise his rights under the Family Medical Leave Act and has filed suit.

Recent court papers filed Jan. 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas show the defendant subjected Williams to disparate treatment after he returned to work in the middle of last year prior to firing him.

Williams worked for Memorial Hermann as a senior network engineer at the time of the events in question.

He suffers from type 2 diabetes, anemia, end-stage liver disease and pancreatitis, the suit states.

The plaintiff explains he came back to duty on July 25, 2012, and notified the respondent that he would need some accommodations.

A supervisor told him it can be arranged only to retract his statement a month later, according to the original petition.

Williams adds Memorial Hermann reduced his workload and reassigned most of his duties to another non-disabled employee, insisting he was singled out when it pertained to a certain company policy.

The suit asserts the defendant negatively evaluated Williams's work performance as a form of retaliation.

It terminated him on Dec. 17, 2012.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Attorney Gregg M. Rosenberg with Rosenberg & Sprovach in Houston is representing Williams.

Case No. 4:13-CV-0051

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