HOUSTON – A former regional sales manager with National Oilwell Varco, L.P. claims the company’s termination of him is a form of malicious prosecution.
Israel Madrigal filed a lawsuit against NOV in the Harris County 55th District Court on Mar. 9.
In the six-page suit, Madrigal explains he found a small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance in the defendant’s parking lot last Nov. 16. He picked the bag up with the intent of showing it to his boss, but the object in question was lost, the original petition says.
Madrigal adds he and NOV later met to discuss the packet, but instead, two Houston police officers arrested and charged him with possession of a controlled substance without screening him or determining what was actually inside the bag.
NOV reportedly fired the plaintiff the next day.
Court documents assert that drug tests conducted on Madrigal returned negative, stating he lost his job without presenting his side of the matter.
A local grand jury no-billed the complainant earlier this year.
Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
Gregg M. Rosenberg of the law firm Rosenberg & Spovach in Houston is representing Madrigal.
Harris County 55th District Court Case No. 2018-15899