Overstreet shows evidence; employed by County prior to lawsuit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/11/10

Overstreet shows evidence; employed by County prior to lawsuit

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock woman has evidence that she was a Lubbock County employee prior to losing her job and suing.  That's important because Lubbock County claims Elizabeth Overstreet was employed by State District Judge Brad Underwood, and not the county.  Based upon that argument Lubbock County asked federal Judge Sam Cummings to dismiss Overstreet's lawsuit. 

Overstreet sued in 2007 saying she was terminated in retaliation for reporting sexual harassment by a court bailiff.  Judge Underwood claims Overstreet voluntarily abandoned her job.  Overstreet filed two separate lawsuits.  She sued the judge in state court and lost.  Her federal lawsuit against the county is still pending.

As for who employed her, Overstreet claims it was the county that hired her in July of 2000.  She transferred to Underwood's office in 2003 and says in the most recent court files that she was never removed from the county payroll until her termination.  She also claims that her salary was approved by the Commissioner's Court at the time of her transfer.  

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