Spring woman's suit says fabric business fired her following knee injury

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Apr 25, 2013

HOUSTON - Claiming a knee injury resulted in her termination from Interior Fabrics, Spring resident Annette Crenshaw filed a lawsuit. 

Recent court documents filed April 23 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas explain that Crenshaw experienced mistreatment after hurting her knee in an on-the-job mishap last year.

The 58-year-old plaintiff, who worked as a part-time sales associate, says she hurt her knee on Feb. 4, 2012, when she tripped over a roll of fabric hitting her knee on a rolling table at work.

Crenshaw reported the incident to her superiors two days later, and according to the original petition, her manager's attitude and conduct toward her "changed for the worse."

The suit states the same manager helped the complainant complete the necessary workers' compensation paperwork, but "appeared severely agitated towards [Crenshaw] thereafer."

Crenshaw then took a few days off only to discover a reduction in her work hours upon her return.

The defendant, doing business as Cutting Corners, supposedly fired the plaintiff for "impersonating a manager" though she insists her problematic knee was the real reason.

Age discrimination was also insinuated in the litigation since Crenshaw's replacement was a younger individual.

A jury trial is requested.

The plaintiff is representing herself.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1152

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