HOUSTON – A former Houston firefighter alleges he was discrimination against because of his race and disability.

Mundo Olford filed a complaint on Nov. 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against the city of Houston citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, racial discrimination, retaliation and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff, who is African-American, worked for the city of Houston as a firefighter from 1991 until March 2015. He alleges that he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in March 2015 "and the city determined it could not accommodate Olford in the workplace any longer."  

The plaintiff holds the city of Houston responsible because the defendant allegedly treated him differently than his non-African-American counterparts, refused to make reasonable accommodations and retaliated against him by firing (medically separating) him.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount within the jurisdictional limits of the court, together with interest, attorney’s fees, costs of court and such other lawful and equitable relief. He is represented by Lynne M. Jurek of The Jurek Law Group PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-03421

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