Galveston Co. woman's wrongful termination suit against Texas City says defendant's drug test policy is unconstitutional

By John Suayan | Apr 12, 2018

GALVESTON – The City of Texas City and Mayor Matthew T. Doyle face a federal lawsuit from a former employee who says she was fired for refusing to take a random drug test.

Michelle Garcia filed the suit on Apr. 11, claiming the test violated her constitutional rights.

The defendants employed Garcia as an administrative assistant for the city secretary’s office from 2014 to 2017.

According to the plaintiff, the respondents requested she submit to the test on five separate occasions. She complied out of fear of losing her job, court documents say.

Garcia declined to the defendants’ request on June 19, 2017, to which the suit says resulted in her termination.

She asserts her Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated.

Consequently, Garcia seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

The plaintiff’s counsel is Lionel Martin of the law firm Garcia-Martin & Martin, P.C. in Sugar Land.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:18-CV-0108

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