- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A fired former deputy coroner for a West Texas county has filed a $1 million wrongful termination lawsuit saying she’s protected as a whistle-blower.

Dr. Luisa Florez filed suit Wednesday over her Aug. 14 dismissal as deputy medical examiner for Lubbock County.

Florez alleged the office backdated autopsy reports, changed her final autopsy reports without her knowledge and let unqualified technicians do autopsies.

Florez, who was hired in 2013 and making $217,000 annually, says county officials ignored her complaints.

The lawsuit names Lubbock County and its commissioners, medical examiner Dr. Sridhar Natarajan and his office.

The coroner’s office declined comment. Lubbock County commissioners released a statement saying they look forward to defending the work and integrity of the medical examiner’s office and other county staff.


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