Ben Hart Apr. 24, 2014, 2:39pm

A Harris County woman is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming sexual harassment and discrimination. 

Luretta Garner filed a lawsuit April 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Eric K. Shinseki and the Department of Veterans Affairs, citing harassment.

Garner claims she worked as a housekeeping aide for the VA. The suit alleges she was a victim of sexual assault, which was affirmed by the board of the Veteran Administration in a hearing on Feb. 28, 2013.

According to the brief, after the hearing Garner was uncomfortable at work and she was ultimately prohibited from working, she believes, as a result of her race and religion.

Garner is seeking damages of $300,000, interest, attorney's fees and court costs.

She is being represented by Houston attorney Ronald H. Tonkin.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:14-cv-00924


This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Houston Division Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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