Molly English-Bowers Sep. 16, 2015, 12:36pm


A Fairview man is suing a medical center, alleging age discrimination and retaliation.

Richard Murray filed a recent lawsuit in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Columbia Medical Center of McKinney Subsidiary, doing business as Medical Center of McKinney.

According to the complaint, Murray, who had always worked the night shift as a registered nurse, says he filed numerous complaints with the defendant regarding un-professionalism and ethics concerns in the intensive care unit. After the defendant didn't respond to his concerns, the plaintiff requested a transfer to another department, the suit says.

Instead, the lawsuit states, Murray was falsely accused of specific conduct and was ultimately suspended from his job. When he did return to work, he says he was presented with an employee improvement plan that offered no option to work nights. The plaintiff reluctantly signed the agreement June 12, 2014, and moved to the day shift, the suit says.

The plaintiff subsequently was informed the move to days was indefinite, so Murray resigned, charging the defendant unlawfully subjected him to different terms and conditions of employment. He further charges the defendant with age discrimination.

The plaintiff seeks a judgment the defendant violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, and retaliated against him in violation of the Texas Nursing Practice Act.

Murray seeks a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages, economic and non-economic losses, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorney Gabrielle E. Klepper of the Spielberger Law Group in Tampa.

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 4:15-cv-559.

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