Former Whole Foods employee attributes foot injury to supermarket chain's decision to remove anti-fatigue mats

By John Suayan | Jan 3, 2019

HOUSTON – An Austin-based supermarket chain known for selling natural and organic foods has been implicated in a former employee’s personal injury lawsuit, recent Harris County District Court records show.

Michelle A. McGarrett claims in court documents filed on Dec. 31, 2018 in the 11th District Court that Whole Foods Market’s decision to remove anti-fatigue mats from the kitchen/food preparation area at its store located at 10133 Louetta Rd. in Houston caused her to suffer foot pain.

According to the original petition, McGarrett’s job duties required her “to stand in a single spot for long periods of time.”

“Whole Foods Market decided to keep the tile floor bare, with no anti-fatigue mats, and no other accommodations to perform the job safely,” the suit says.

McGarrett adds that she was eventually diagnosed with a stress fracture, which forced her to stop working as she could no longer stand.

Consequently, she seeks more than $1 million in damages.

The plaintiff is represented by Michael S. Panesar of the Panesar Law Firm in Houston.

Harris County 11th District Court Case No. 2018-91641

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