John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 12, 2013, 10:55am

HOUSTON - Houston resident Dana Santiago is suing a former supervisor after she was allegedly fired from a bank for suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

A lawsuit filed July 9 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas claims Lenora Franklin, also of Houston, discriminated against Santiago when the plaintiff worked under her as a financial sales advisor at BBVA Compass Bank.

The suit shows that Santiago began to experience symptoms pertaining to IBS in March 2012 and was "definitely" diagnosed with the condition nearly six months later.

It adds said condition caused the complainant to have tardiness and absence issues as well as be hospitalized twice, and that Franklin was informed about the illness.

Franklin, however, harassed Santiago and accused her of bipolar behavior and excessive drinking, the original petition states.

The defendant purportedly made negative remarks toward Santiago within earshot of customers.

Santiago then reported Franklin to human resources, and at the same time, requested to take medical leave.

According to the suit, the plaintiff did not know her request was approved until the respondent "made a nasty remark about [her] now having protected leave."

It adds Santiago went on the aforementioned leave, but was terminated for "excessive tardiness" shortly after her return.

She counters the dismissal in question was in response to her complaints about Franklin.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Andrew S. Golub of Dow Golub Remels & Beverly LLP in Houston is representing the complainant.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2003

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