Man brings wrongful termination claims against Coburn Supply

By John Suayan | Mar 8, 2019

GALVESTON — A Houston man’s federal lawsuit accuses a building product distributor of terminating the plaintiff over “a medically verifiable illness/injury to his back and hips.”

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas filings dated Mar. 7 allege that Coburn Supply Co., Inc. fired Leonard Charles, Jr. for a condition caused by his work for them as a warehouse manager.

Charles further states that his first on the job injury made Coburn Supply transfer him from Galveston to Conroe “against his will,” as well as give him “more physically strenuous” work.

The transfer was the defendant’s way “to force him out,” the original petition says.

According to Charles, he went on FMLA leave in early 2017 only to be fired while in the midst of it.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by the law firm Schreiber | Knockaert, PLLC and The Law Office of Janet Hansen, both in Houston.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:19-CV-0095

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