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Galveston County sued after firing employee who reported sexual harassment

By Annie Cosby | Jun 9, 2014


A Galveston County woman is suing over claims she was fired after reporting sexual harassment in the workplace.

Tomasa Duran filed a lawsuit June 3 in the Galveston County District Court against Galveston County, citing sexual harassment and retaliation.

According to the complaint, Duran has worked for Galveston County off and on in various capacities since 2001. Beginning in May 2011, Duran claims a constable began to sexually harass and make sexual comments to her and other female members of staff.

Duran says she reported this to several superiors who failed to act, and after what she claims was a fraudulent outside investigation, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on on Aug. 17, 2012.

She was then terminated by Galveston County on Aug. 20, 2012.

Duran is seeking damages, lost wages and benefits and reinstatement.

She is being represented in the case by attorney Thomas H. Padgett Jr. of Ross Law Group.

Galveston County District Court Case No. 14-cv-00186

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Galveston County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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