Stafford is suing Hunt County, as well as Sheriff Randy Meeks. Her trial will be heard in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas at Dallas following a motion by attorneys on both sides of the dispute to have the trial moved from 196th District Court.
Stafford was hired as a detention officer by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office on December 8 of last year. As summarized in the July 18 edition of the Greenville Herald-Banner, the plaintiff claims that the personnel director with the sheriff's office was fully briefed about her condition: myopia (nearsightedness) and astigmatism.
According to the text of the lawsuit, Stafford was ordered to submit to an eye exam two days after her hiring. The results of the exam, it is alleged, suggested that it would be "extremely difficult" for Stafford to function within the control facility of the jail given the room's low lighting and bright control panels.
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Stafford's employment was terminated a week later.
In her Texas Labor Law suit, Stafford claims that not only did the Hunt County Sherriff's Office know about her disability at the time she was hired, there was no effort to accommodate her disability in an effort to assist her in performing her job. It is reported that Stafford filed a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the matter.
Her Texas labor and employment lawsuit alleges disability discrimination, violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, together with negligent supervision and training on the part of the defendant. Stafford is seeking monetary damages, and the plaintiff also is seeking to be re-hired.