David Yates Jul. 7, 2015, 3:37pm


U.S. Security Associates has been dismissed form a lawsuit brought by a woman claiming she was fired due to incorrect drug test results.

As previously reported, Stephanie Stillwell filed a lawsuit Nov. 4 in Jefferson County District Court against U.S. Security Associates and AccuTox.

On June 8 an order of dismissal was entered in the case, stating that all claims against U.S. Security Associated are herby dismissed with prejudice, court records show.

The parties sought the dismissal jointly and were ordered to bear their own attorney’s fees and court costs.

According to the original complaint, Stillwell was employed by U.S. Security Associates as a security guard on Nov. 20, 2013, when a random drug test allegedly showed she was positive for hydrocodone, despite the fact that she had never taken it.

Stillwell says she explained her prescription medication, told the defendant she had never taken anything like hydrocodone, and requested another test from AccuTox but this was denied and she was fired.

The complaint states the original sample was retested in April 2014 and the company admitted it had made a mistake, that the results were negative but U.S. Security refused to reinstate Stillwell.

Stillwell sought more than $200,000 in damages. She is represented by attorneys Paul W. Gertz and Andrew P. Gertz of The Gertz Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court case number: A-196357

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