LUFKIN – A former deputy clerk in the Angelina County Tax
Assessor-Collector’s Office asserts that she was wrongfully terminated over a
social media post and has filed a lawsuit against the county and former Tax
Assessor-Collector Thelma Sherman.
In court papers filed Sept. 26 in the Lufkin Division of the
Eastern District of Texas, Lisha Hammock explains that she previously ran for Angelina
County Tax Assessor-Collector last year and created a Facebook page for her
During her personal time, the suit says, Hammock posted a
status stating that “changes need to be made” in the tax assessor-collector’s
office. The plaintiff adds that Sherman told her to delete it though county
policy dictates that county employees are allowed to “engage in political activity
during their personal time.”
“Sherman terminated Hammock as a result, and she admits it,”
the original petition says.
Hammock, who was employed by the office for more than five
years, alleges that the defendants infringed on her First Amendment rights.
Consequently, she seeks unspecified monetary damages and a
Attorneys Melissa Moore and Curt Hesse of the law firm Moore
& Associates in Houston are representing Hammock.
Lufkin Division of the Eastern District of
Texas Case No. 9:16-CV-0155