HOUSTON -- A Fort Bend County man is suing CVS RX, alleging several violations of employment law.

Kirti Ruxmahon filed  lawsuit Oct. 22 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against CVS RX Services.

Ruxmahon began working at CVS, then Eckerd Corporation, as a pharmacist in 1987. In December 2013, the complaint states, when a new front end manager was hired, the plaintiff began having difficulties because he made frequent trips to his vehicle during the workday. The plaintiff suffers from a bowel condition and went to his vehicle to change his medical supplies, the suit says.

The lawsuit states the manager made an incorrect report to the district manager about this activity, after which the plaintiff had to embarrassingly disclose his condition.

Tensions increased at the workplace because of this, the suit says, and the plaintiff says he tried to help matters air by giving the manager a gift card. She reported that gesture as sexual harassment, the suit states.

Ruxmahon eventually was relocated but returned to the original store for a visit. According to the suit, he suggested that he "needed a lawyer," a comment that the manager reported, alleging it was retaliatory and, on June 27, 2014, the plaintiff was terminated.

The suit alleges discrimination because of a medical condition, an abrogation of the plaintiff's right to retain counsel during the course of the sexual harassment investigation, and retaliation.

Ruxmahon seeks a trial by jury, punitive damages, compensatory damages including lost wages and benefits, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Terrence B. Robinson and Ronald Dupree of Kennard Blankenship Robinson in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:15-cv-03119

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