Advanced Pediatric Care responds to discovery request in discrimination case

David Yates Jan. 28, 2013, 3:36pm

Advanced Pediatric Care has responded to discovery requests made by a plaintiff who claims she lost work hours and her health insurance benefits after she announced her pregnancy to her co-workers. 

As previously reported, Jeana Norton filed a lawsuit March 30 in Jefferson County District Court against Advanced Pediatric Care.

Court records show that a certificate of discovery was filed Sept. 27, stating the defendant had submitted its responses to the plaintiff’s production requests.

Norton claims she had been working for Advanced Pediatric as a full-time nurse for two years before she announced her pregnancy in September 2011.

Immediately following her announcement, Norton alleges her hours were cut because she was considered a “high risk,” the suit states.

“From September through November 7, 2011, defendant only allowed plaintiff, a full-time nurse, to work a part-time schedule,” the suit states. “When plaintiff pleaded with defendant for more hours, defendant once again told her that she was a high risk.”

Last November, Norton states she brought in a note from her doctor, saying that she was permitted to work her normal hours, but not allowed to lift, the complaint says. Still, Advanced Pediatric refused to increase her hours and even took away Norton’s health insurance benefits, she claims.

Norton alleges sex discrimination under the Texas Labor Code and says her employer discriminated against her on what it perceived to be a disability.

She seeks reinstatement to her prior position, back pay and front pay, compensatory damages, exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Kenneth W. Lewis and Stephen L. Townsend of Bush Lewis in Beaumont represent her.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. B192-251

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