John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Apr. 1, 2013, 3:22pm

HOUSTON - A Houston woman is suing St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and St. Luke's Episcopal Health System Corp. on allegations they fired her because of her numerous health problems, recent court documents say.

In a lawsuit filed March 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, Rowena Martin explains that the defendants discriminated against her as well as failed to accommodate her disability before her termination in question occurred.

St. Luke's employed Martin, who has a history of cancer and high blood pressure and suffered from severe anemia, for 35 years.

She worked as a senior interviewer for hospital admissions at the time of her dismissal.

The suit shows the plaintiff received a new supervisor who "forced [her] to perform many of her tasks in a significantly limited amount of time," stating the responsibilities caused "extreme stress" and "high blood pressure."

It adds the defendants were aware about Martin's condition and medication intake, however, "no consideration was taken" as she made some simple errors on the job.

Martin says her superiors denied her requests for medical leave twice prior to terminating her.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Bruce A. Coane of Coane & Associates PLLC in Houston is representing the complainant.

Case No. 4:13-CV-718

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