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Woman claims wrongful termination due to previous complaint

After hearing some offensive comments, a former housekeeper claims that she lost her job for reporting them. The plaintiff was working at the New Boston Nursing Center in Texas when her position was subcontracted to a third party. As a result, she became an employee of Heathcare Services Group (HSG). It was after joining HSG that she claims that the troubles began that led to her eventual wrongful termination.

According to her complaint, she was engaged in a night-long project with one of her male co-workers. When they took a break, she claims that three of the facility's residents and her co-worker were talking when he began to tell crude stories. The woman asserts that she and the others were offended by what he was saying.

The plaintiff reported the incident to both New Boston and HSG the following day. Because of the incident, her co-worker was removed from New Boston but continued working at HSG. Less than two weeks after the incident, the plaintiff claims that she had trouble punching her time card and received a phone call from her co-worker inquiring as to why she had not yet punched in for her shift. She claims that he then began to yell at her. Not wanting to be exposed to that type of behavior, she hung up the phone.

The woman was then terminated for allegedly hanging up the phone on her co-worker. She believes that her alleged wrongful termination was the result of her complaint concerning the man's offensive storytelling. If her claim is successfully presented in a Texas civil court, she may be awarded the monetary damages that she is seeking, as well as any other related financial relief the court deems appropriate.

Source:, "Woman sues her former employer for wrongful termination", Thomas Kallies, Feb. 11, 2015

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