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Harris v. Board of Education of Howard County
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Plaintiff Ms. Harris was fifty-eight years old and had been employed by the defendant for 12 years as a food service assistant. Her duties included preparing lunches for the students, tending the cash register, cleaning the kitchen and laundering all linens used throughout the day. Her work involved lifting boxes of food weighing 35 pounds. On January 25, 1999, she was doing laundry and had to drag a heavy box of laundry detergent then lift the inner back of powder. After bending to scoop some soap into a cup, she bent down a second tie to tie up the bag of powder. At that point her back “cracked” and she screamed. She was unable to stand upright or sit. Her manager gave her an incident form and early release and she went to a nearby clinic and saw Dr. Jackson. Her injury claim was allowed by Workers’ Compensation but on judicial review the jury found for the employer. The Maryland Supreme Court reversed.
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