MARSHALL — A Lindale woman is suing the Winona school district, a former employer, alleging disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Jenna R. Gillit filed a lawsuit Feb. 9 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against the Winona Independent School District, alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
According to the complaint, on Dec. 17, 2015, Gillit was terminated from her employment as an AVID and ELA writing teacher by the district, where she had been employed since August 2014. Prior to her termination, the suit says, Gillit was subjected to discriminatory terms and conditions of employment because of her disability in developing migraines from exposure to fluorescent lighting in the classroom.
The plaintiff alleges the school district failed to provide reasonable accommodations, retaliated against her and terminated her for asserting her ADA rights.
Gillit seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages. attorney fees, expert fees and court costs, plus all other further relief. She is represented by attorney William S. Hommel Jr. of Hommel Law Firm in Tyler.
Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case number 2:17-cv-00017