Former Gregg County worker files age discrimination lawsuit
POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:33am
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:44am
A former employee of the Gregg County District Clerk’s Office has filed a federal age discrimination lawsuit against Gregg County.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Marshall, Gretchen L. Blackburn alleges she was wrongfully terminated Aug. 1, 2012. The suit says she was hired Aug. 25, 2009.
Blackburn claims she sought treatment for what she believed to be chronic fibromyalgia pain on Oct. 9, 2009, at which time she learned she had spinal stenosis and a herniated disk. Blackburn began receiving spinal epidural injections as well as trigger point injections for relief of pain, according to the suit.
On Oct. 5, 2011, it said, she was sent paperwork from her physician to complete regarding her health and the Family Medical Leave Act.
After a year, a chief deputy clerk was appointed and Blackburn’s duty station was moved to the back of the office where she was assigned to file case folders.
“After a number of days of continual filing, she (Blackburn) needed trigger point injections to relieve back pain,” the suit states. “She returned to work with restrictions regarding continual filing from Dr. Mark Williams.”
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