BEAUMONT – A Village Mills resident alleges that she was terminated for needing time off for a medically necessary surgery.

Vickie P. Gorber filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Austin Industrial Inc. alleging that the maintenance service provider violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendant as housekeeper assigned to LANXESS Corp. in Orange. She alleges that on July 11, 2016, she was terminated for having a necessary surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome the same day. The suit states her health insurance was terminated the same day.

The plaintiff holds Austin Industrial Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide reasonable accommodation, interfered with her rights to FMLA leave and retaliated against her for taking leave.

The plaintiff seeks actual, compensatory, punitive and liquidated damages; reinstatement or front pay; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney's fees and costs; and such other lawful and equitable relief. She is represented by Bruce Gregory of Gregory Law Firm in Port Neches.

Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 1:17-cv-00392




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