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Physical therapy assistant files age discrimination suit against Memorial Hermann Health System

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 5, 2017

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HOUSTON – A former physical therapy assistant residing in Memorial City alleges she was terminated from her job because of her age.

Irena Wojcik filed a complaint on Oct. 23 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Memorial Hermann Health System alleging that the former employer violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Texas Labor Code.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant in 2009 at the age of 59 as a physical therapy assistant. She alleges she was subjected to disparaging remarks concerning her age by a supervisor and co-workers. The suit states in June 2017 her position was eliminated and her job was terminated. After several attempts applying for multiple positions, she was not hired into any of them, according to the suit.

The plaintiff holds Memorial Hermann Health System responsible because the defendant allegedly failed or refused to hire her into an alternate position, discriminated against and retaliated against her and terminated her employment for engaging in protected activity when she opposed the practices.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, attorneys’ fees, taxable court costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and any additional and further relief that is just and proper. She is represented by Joshua A. Verde of The Verde Law Firm PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-03198

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Memorial Hermann Health SystemHarris County District CourtThe Verde Law Firm PLLC