GALVESTON – A female fast food worker claims her employer retaliated against her for complaining about sexual harassment by firing her.

Texas City resident Canika Jefferson filed a lawsuit against Haza Foods, doing business as Wendy’s, in Galveston federal court on Nov. 22, claiming the eatery did nothing to properly address her complaints.

The respondent employed Jefferson at its store in Kemah from Dec. 5, 2015 to Feb. 24, 2016.

Recent court documents assert one of Jefferson’s male co-workers paid her unwanted sexual attention after her hiring, stating an incident on Feb. 12, 2016 finally prompted her to report the mistreatment.

According to Jefferson, the defendant subsequently transferred her to a different location, to which she claims was “unfair and retaliatory.”

The complaint says the restaurant fired her before she even learned of her start date at the new franchise for supposedly not reporting to work.

“The defendant’s actions have harmed the plaintiff, causing emotional damage, loss of employment income, and out of pocket expenses related to her termination,” the original petition says.

Consequently, Jefferson seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is representing herself.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:17-CV-0359

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