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Fired after cancer diagnosis, Nacogdoches bus driver sues

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Law,Firing,FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

A former school bus driver is suing the Nacogdoches Independent School District, arguing she was fired because of a dire medical condition.

Angela Harless worked under an annual employment contract that was automatically renewed at the end of each school year. In April 2009, she was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer. Less than a month after she told the school district about her plight, Harless was informed her contract would not be renewed for the following year.

The school district and Harless entered mediation after she filed a complaint with the EEOC. That process allegedly led to an agreement to rehire Harless, but she says the school district had refused to do so.

That’s the basis of Harless’ lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Texas. She accuses the school district of firing her for exercising her right to medical leave due to a serious health condition under the FMLA. The suit also alleges disability discrimination, race discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and violations of the Texas Labor Code.

She is seeking damages for humiliation, damage to reputation, lost wages, mental and emotional distress, exemplary damages, medical expenses, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, interest, court costs and attorneys’ fees.

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