John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 13, 2013, 1:54pm

HOUSTON - Harris County resident Rosie Taylor-Williams is suing Christus Health after it allegedly fired her for having back problems.

Taylor-Williams first sued the defendant, doing business as U.S. Family Health Plan, in Harris County District Court on Dec. 26, 2012.

She amended her petition on March 20, and the case was transferred to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on May 10.

At the time of the events that are the focus of the litigation, the plaintiff was employed as an intake support clerk.

The lawsuit explains that the respondent treated Taylor-Williams "differently" following her placement in the position and did not give her proper training, asserting the complainant's concerns were not addressed.

It adds the defendant changed her schedule in an attempt "to harass her and force her to quit her job."

According to Taylor-Williams, she felt like "she had a bunch of lynch-men after."

In early 2012, the plaintiff went on medical leave after hurting her back.

Upon her return, the suit states, the respondent stepped up its mistreatment in retaliation for her grievances about her back.

"Specifically, the plaintiff was asked to sign a document saying that she knew she was not supposed to lift boxes," it says.

"Through the document, management attempted to deny the fact that they had asked the plaintiff to lift and/or move the boxes in her department."

Taylor-Williams says she did not sign the form "because it was neither accurate nor truthful," but was terminated on May 8, 2012.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Deshonda Charles Tackett of The Tackett Firm PLLC in Houston is representing the complainant.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1367

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