HOUSTON – A man alleges he was wrongfully terminated from his job as a pipefitter for a Louisiana company because of the false results of a drug test.

Guillermo M. Mendez filed a complaint June 14 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Turnaround Welding Services LLC alleging violation of the Texas Labor Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant as a pipefitter and was subjected to a drug test in September 2016. The suit states that the hair test sample falsely indicated the plaintiff had used cocaine while the urine test was negative for illicit drugs. He alleges he was terminated on Sept. 27, 2016, because of the hair test's false results.

The plaintiff alleges Turnaround Welding subjected him to retaliation and termination for complaining about discrimination.

Mendez seeks trial by jury, actual damages and punitive damages, attorney fees, prejudgment interest, costs of court and all other equitable relief. He is represented by attorney Robert E. Goodman Jr. of Kilgore & Kilgore PLLC in Dallas.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-01816




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