Terminated county employee asks to put lawsuit back on the books - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/2/10

Terminated county employee asks to put lawsuit back on the books

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A former Lubbock County employee asks that her federal lawsuit against the county be reinstated.

An attorney for Elizabeth Overstreet filed the motion Wednesday. Overstreet had filed lawsuits in both federal and state court, but recently she lost her fight at the state level.  In September 2008, Judge Sam Cummings ordered the federal case be put on hold while the state appeals were pending. 

The newest documents indicate the state appeals are no longer pending, saying, "Plaintiff was notified that the Supreme Court of Texas denied the Petition for Review."

Overstreet claims that State District Judge Brad Underwood fired her in early 2007 as retaliation for reporting that a bailiff touched her inappropriately.  By contrast, the judge claims that Overstreet left her post voluntarily.

The Texas 7th District Court Of Appeals ruled against her saying in part, "there was no evidence that Overstreet sustained any damages to her reputation." 

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