Woman alleges she was forced to resign from Texas Department of Agriculture because of hostile work environment

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 17, 2018

HOUSTON – A Richmond woman alleges she was forced to resign because of exposure to mold in her office building.

Anna Williams-Briggs filed a complaint on Dec. 26, 2017, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Texas Department of Agriculture alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant in January 2017 as a program review specialist in the Food and Nutrition Community Operations. She alleges that she had severe allergic reactions from the poor indoor air quality of the office and was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection from mold exposure. She alleges the office had previously flooded and had not properly remediated after the flood.

The plaintiff alleges she requested an alternate workspace or to work from home, but her requests were denied. She alleges she was forced to resign because of lack of support, deceptive communication and a hostile work environment.

The plaintiff holds Texas Department of Agriculture responsible because the defendant allegedly discriminated and retaliated against her based on her disability.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages in an amount within the jurisdictional limits of the court, together with interest and such other and further relief to which she may be entitled at law or in equity. She is represented by Shelly M. Davis-Smith of Davis Law Firm in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-03878

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