HOUSTON – A former employee of a medical facility alleges she was retaliated against for taking leave to care for her daughter's medical conditions.
LaToya Smith filed a complaint on Feb. 8 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against CHI-St. Luke's Hospital citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, Texas Commission on Human Rights Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began her employment with the defendant in August 2016 as a full-time patient care assistant. The suit states in September 2017, she applied for intermittent FMLA leave to care for her daughter's multiple medical conditions and the leave was approved. She alleges she was taken off of the schedule after taking FMLA leave and her last day of work was May 18, 2018.
The plaintiff holds Chi-St. Luke's Hospital responsible because the defendant allegedly discriminated against her in connection with the terms, conditions, compensation and privileges of her employment and retaliated against her in violation of the FMLA.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages, attorneys’ fees, interest, costs and such other and further relief to which she may be justly entitled. She is represented by Alfonso Kennard Jr. and Connica Lemond of Kennard Hernandez PC in Houston.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:19-cv-00442