National Oilwell Varco fired visually impaired employee, lawsuit says

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Oct. 22, 2013, 7:55am

HOUSTON - Complaining that National Oilwell Varco L.P. terminated him because he is visually impaired, Harris County resident David J. Hudson has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court documents filed Oct. 21 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas label the defendant's alleged actions a revenge tactic.

NOV hired Hudson as an hourly paid DH quality inspector on June 23, 2003.

The suit shows the plaintiff notified the company shortly after he came aboard that he had "a medical issue with his eyes that made them sensitive to florescent lighting and that there was a need for him to wear dark or tinted glasses to lessen the strain on his eyes."

According to the original petition, Hudson was never informed during his course of employment the medical issues would pose a problem.

He requested for accommodations as his work performance was "subsequently adversely impacted," but the suit claims NOV "refused to acknowledge or address" his needs.

Hudson adds he was subjected to a hostile work environment until the respondent fired him last January on grounds he purportedly damaged company material while on the job.

The company used his alleged poor job performance as a pretext to terminate him, the suit says.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney R.T. Willis of Deer Park is representing Hudson.

Case No. 4:13-CV-3096

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