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Ex-employee accuses Fidelity National of discrimination

By Gene Johnson | Mar 3, 2016

SHERMAN – A Collin County woman is suing a Plano agency, alleging discrimination in her dismissal.

Ericka Wittorf filed a lawsuit Feb. 11 in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Fidelity National Title Agency Inc. and Fidelity National Agency Solutions Inc., alleging discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wittorf began her employment with Fidelity National in April 2015 as an IT specialist and, according to the lawsuit, was subjected to an extremely stressful and hostile working environment by her supervisor.

The suit says the stress heightened and she began suffering from severe diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome in July 2015, and on July 15 she doubled over in pain, forcing her to go home. Two days later, the lawsuit states, the plaintiff notified Fidelity National she was going to the hospital, which she later described as out-patient treatment.

Wittorf notified Fidelity National of her request and need for medical leave, the suit alleges, and in response she was fired. Fidelity National noted in a response letter dated July 21, 2015, that her ``general attendance has not been satisfactory,” the suit says.  

Wittorf seeks back pay from date of termination, mental anguish damages, punitive damage as permitted by law as well as reasonable and necessary attorney fees, plus a jury trial. She also seeks reinstatement to her previous position and pay grade, including benefits. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Laura E. Calhoun of Albin Roach PLLC in Frisco.

Sherman Division of the Eastern Division of Texas Case number 4:15-cv-00110-ALM.

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