An Omaha woman is suing the Nebraska Department of Corrections, accusing the agency of discriminating against her because of a medical condition.
Jennifer L. Henning, 29, said she was unjustly fired for being a diabetic. Her complaint, filed last month in U.S. District Court, seeks an unspecified amount of money in damages, as well as attorney fees.
Henning was hired in April 2012 as a prison guard at the Omaha Correctional Center. Henning said she passed a physical and received a doctor’s clearance to perform the required duties.
The lawsuit alleges that when Henning reported for training in Lincoln, her supervisor refused to let her carry an emergency automatic glucose injector.
He also allegedly ridiculed her medical condition in front of other trainees.
Without the glucose injector, the plaintiff said, she experienced a dangerous hypoglycemic event while on the firing range. She was fired during training, she said, because the supervisor said she wouldn’t be allowed to carry the glucose injectors on the job.
A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Corrections declined to comment on pending litigation.