HOUSTON — A former employee is suing University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer and staff members, alleging a series of discrimination violations.

Cathy Johnson, an African-American woman, filed a lawsuit Jan. 19 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Ronald A. Depinho and Lisa McMillian, alleging age, disability and racial discrimination.

According to the complaint, Johnson was an excellent employee during her employment, that began in 2000. The suit says when a supervisor position opened, she applied but was denied the post due to her race and disabilities, which included depression. The plaintiff alleges the defendants did not give her a fair chance or a fair interview to access her qualifications.

The lawsuit states MD Anderson hired a younger person of a different race for the position, and Johnson was terminated Dec. 17, 2014.

Johnson seeks a jury trial, compensation for all damages plus interest, all legal fees and any other relief the court deems just. She is represented by attorneys Robert J. Wiley and Kalandra N. Wheeler of Rob Wiley PC in Dallas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case number 4:16-cv-00156

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