Philip Gonzales Sep. 6, 2016, 2:14pm


BEAUMONT – A Nederland man alleges he was terminated in retaliation for being injured on the job for a grocer.

Stephen Rode filed a complaint on Aug. 3 in the Jefferson County District Court against H.E. Butt Grocery Co. alleging that the former employer violated the Texas Labor Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 17, he was injured on the job while working for defendant and was given a leave of one week by the company doctor. The suit states the plaintiff was suspended because he was a "no show" for two days and because he did not take a drug test. He was terminated on March 24 for allegedly having too many injuries and was accused of lying about his prior work injuries.

The plaintiff holds H.E. Butt Grocery Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly discriminated against him in connection with the compensation, in terms, conditions and privileges of employment and deprived him of any employment opportunity.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks monetary relief between $200,000 and $1 million, plus interest, with pre- and post-judgment interest, costs of court and such other relief to which he may be entitled. He is represented by Brandon P. Monk of The Monk Law Firm in Beaumont.

Jefferson County District Court Case number B-198806

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