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Highland Village firefighter: Department harassed, retaliated

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A female firefighter in Highland Village has filed a lawsuit accusing the municipality of sexual harassment and retaliation following her firing in November 2008, after she filed internal and state complaints.

Barbara Cook claims that after she filed internal grievances and a charge with the Texas Commission on Human Rights accusing the city of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, the fire department assigned her to a late shift that made child care impossible. Later, she was fired while out on FMLA leave.

Her suit accuses the city of violating the Texas Labor Code and the FMLA.

Cook, who filed the suit in Denton County District Court, is seeking damages for back pay, reinstatement or front pay, lost employment benefits, compensatory damages, punitive damages, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees and interest.

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