St. Luke’s Health Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center employee alleges she was terminated in retaliation

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Aug 13, 2018

HOUSTON – A Montgomery woman alleges she was terminated from her employment with a medical facility because she filed a workers' compensation claim.

Elayna Joe filed a complaint on July 23 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center alleging Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation and workers' compensation retaliation.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff began her employment with the defendant in 2011 and was promoted to lead of respiratory care in 2015. She alleges in February 2017, she fell down a set of stairs in a parking garage while on her way to the defendant's premises to begin her shift and was injured. 

The suit states she received treatment and took FMLA leave from Feb. 21 to March 5, 2017, and another from March 18 to April 14. The suit states she was terminated March 29.

The plaintiff holds CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center responsible because the defendant allegedly intentionally interfered with and retaliated against her for filing a workers' compensation claim and for taking approved FMLA leave.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, with interest, attorneys’ fees, costs and such other and further relief to which she may be entitled. She is represented by Alfonso Kennard Jr. and Laura Krzesienski of Kennard Richard PC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:18-cv-02552

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