Juror in lengthy Holy Land trial sues H-E-B grocery store over firing
H-E-B says 17-year worker's firing wasn't related to lengthy trial
Kristina Williams, 49, is seeking lost wages and her job back after she was fired in early August from the H-E-B store in Waxahachie, where she had worked for 17 years. Her termination came about two weeks into testimony in the trial, in which organizers of a Muslim charity formerly based in Richardson were accused of raising millions of dollars for the terrorist group Hamas.
Firing someone who misses work to serve on a jury is illegal. Judge Fish appointed employment lawyer Kenneth Molberg to look into the allegations, resulting in Friday's lawsuit.
Leslie Lockett, an H-E-B spokeswoman, said Friday that the company encourages its employees "to fulfill their civic duty."
"Mrs. Williams' separation from H-E-B is in no way related to her jury duty commitments," she said.