Texas Agency Didn't Retaliate Against Worker, 5th Circ. Says

Law360 (November 7, 2019, 8:30 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld a Texas federal judge’s ruling siding with a state health agency in a former employee’s sexual harassment and retaliation suit, finding the worker hadn’t shown she was fired for anything other than wrongfully accessing a secure patient database.

The panel found that Amanda Abbood, who had worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for nearly three years before she was fired, hadn’t provided enough evidence that she was dismissed for accusing a co-worker of sexual harassment, according to the decision.

She had, however, used a secure data system to find the owner of...

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