The former legislative director and chief counsel of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, filed a discrimination lawsuit in June against the congresswoman, arguing that Jackson Lee failed to reasonably accommodate her disability.
Jackson Lee also allegedly made disparaging comments, telling Mona Floyd, who has a visual disability, that “I don’t care anything about your disability,” according to the lawsuit as reported by the Hill.
According to the lawsuit, Floyd reads 20 to 30 percent slower than average. However, the job allegedly did not allow her to take reading breaks and, in fact, required her to read continuously for long hours, sometimes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Jackson Lee, a public supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act, released a statement but did not directly respond to the lawsuit.
“The office of U.S. Representative Jackson Lee considers internal personnel matters confidential and will not comment publicly on the allegations at this time, except to say that the office fully embraces and fully practices equal employment opportunities for all,” Chief of Staff Glenn Rushing said in a statement.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks “back and front pay,” and compensatory and punitive damages. Floyd stopped working for Jackson Lee in fall.