5th Circ. Affirms Texas Agriculture Dept.'s FMLA Win

By Katie Buehler (November 5, 2021, 10:22 PM EDT) -- A Fifth Circuit panel on Friday affirmed the Texas Department of Agriculture's defeat of a former employee's discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, holding the department adequately provided the employee with its lawful reasons for her termination during a yearlong disciplinary process.

The three-judge panel wrote in its published opinion that while the department's August 2017 termination memo sent to former employee Ida Johnson Houston didn't enumerate its reasons for firing her, the department adequately explained its decision through three written warnings Houston received over a year's time.

"While the August [2017] termination memo does not include any reasons for Houston's termination, TDA's...

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