Zachry terminated employee for taking leave to tend to heart-related condition, suit says

By John Suayan | Feb 4, 2019


GALVESTON – A Freeport man accuses Zachry of terminating him for addressing a heart-related condition, recent Galveston federal court records show.

James Sapp brought a lawsuit against his former employer on Feb. 1, claiming that the defendant approved a six-week medical leave in late 2016 only to fire him shortly afterwards.

Sapp reportedly underwent heart surgery. Upon his return to work, he unsuccessfully requested for proper accommodations – mainly light duty – from the respondent, the suit says.

Per the suit, Zachry told the plaintiff “there was no light duty” at the company though it afforded the accommodation to workers with back injuries or pregnant women.

Court papers refute the defendant’s reasoning for firing Zachry, which was that he supposedly quit his job before his operation.

Sapp further alleges that he experienced age discrimination.

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

The law firm Coane and Associates, PLLC in Houston is representing the complainant.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:19-CV-0039

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