VIDEO: Texas man is suing GOP lawmaker and her husband after months of workplace Tasings

After months of what he called “attacks” by a Taser, a Texas man is suing a GOP state lawmaker and her husband for mental duress suffered during his time as their employee.

After months of what he called “attacks” by a Taser, a Texas man is suing a GOP state lawmaker and her husband for mental duress suffered during his time as their employee.

“I was constantly looking behind my shoulder, distracted, couldn’t sleep,” Bradley Jones said to KHOU-TV. “I would even look behind my shower curtain at home.”

Jones filed a civil suit against state Rep. Patricia Harless and her husband Sam Harless, who are the owners of Fred Fincher Motors where Jones was employed for over three years. In the suit, Jones charges that Sam Harless provided other employees with a Taser — and then filmed them sneaking up behind Jones and zapping him with the device at various times over nine months. The videos were posted online but were subsequently taken down.

The lawsuit goes on to accuse the couple, as well as other employees, with assault and battery and “failure to provide a safe workplace.” Jones explained in the KHOU report that he did not quit his job immediately after the incidents because he was saving money to buy a house.

Watch the KHOU-TV report in the video below.

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  1. Jim Slaughter

    August 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    typical idiotic and BAD behavior by once again, A REPUBLICAN…and in Texas no less. How deliscious!

    • Jayson Allen

      August 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      delicious. Computers come with spell check.

      • Jon Faith

        August 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

        Really Jayson, someone gets a Taser used on them in the workplace and all you can comment about is they’re misspelling ? SMFH !

  2. Eric Mobley

    August 8, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I worked in a place that had a “game” like this once. I stood up in the center of the room and calmly explained, in graphic detail, the ass beating that would take place if someone decided to put their hands on me. When they laughed, I also laughed, and invited them to try me out. They didn’t. I was very graphic.

    • MarkInPDX

      August 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Ooooh… Scary

    • Jon Faith

      August 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

      I may have been fired, but I would have beat the brakes off the very first POS that tazed me ! No questions asked, I would have immediately stomped that arse

  3. afelinefan (@afelinefan)

    August 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Why did he put up with this more than ONCE?!?!? We just had a 20 year old die from being tazed in Miami.

    • FlyingGoat

      August 12, 2013 at 2:55 am

      Lawyers cost money. The economy’s not great, so can be hard to find a job.

    • TLW

      August 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Perhaps he needed the job, because he had bills to pay and/or a family to support?? Walking out isn’t an option for everyone! (And the kid who died in Miami was caught vandalizing property & chose to run from police. Not quite the same situation).

  4. Michael

    August 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I thought all you Texas cowpokes carried guns with you at all times. What’s up? Why didn’t he just start shooting up the place? A bullet to the knee would have stopped the tasings.

    • judynbea

      August 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Great point!!!

    • Patrick

      August 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Michel, would you please grow a brain and drop the Texas stereotypes? There are no cowboys and indians here.

      • Jennifer Beadle

        October 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        Well I think the Texas stereotype here has nothing to do with cowboys and indians but a lot more to do with the GOP. If the shoe fits, . .

  5. derp

    August 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm


  6. Bruce Bailey

    August 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    This is harassment pure and simple,,,

    • retrodav

      August 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      more than harassment. that is actually assault and battery.


    August 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    You big ussypa! Fight back!

    • Nathan Farrar

      August 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      I think we have a two time Bush voter, here.

  8. Jack Jones

    August 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Everyone should call Fred Fincher and leave a message asking for Sam Harless…

    (281) 444-2200

  9. Paula M Smolik

    August 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Did anyone else see the COP walking by at the 2nd attack? Maybe it was a rent-a-cop, but damn!

  10. Juliet

    August 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

    They’ll defend their actions by calling the attacks ‘jokes’ and claiming that he doesn’t have a sense of humor.

    • John

      August 10, 2013 at 6:41 am

      They can claim that all they want, but being tased is never a joke.

    • Bruce L Arvidson II

      August 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      But even if they do claim it was jokes, it is still harassment. That’s like me saying to a female co-worker, wow you have a great set of tits!Can’t wait ’til I touch them” That is sexual harassment, or is it that she has so low self esteem that she doesn’t know when someone is complimenting her? You tell me. I need to know before I might possibly tase someone, as a joke possibly, or say something about a females body, as a form of compliment, possibly.

    • retrodav

      August 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      according to the law, that is defined as a weapon, so the law cannot interpret the use of it on another human being as a joke since it is defined as assault under the law. that defense won’t hold water, but it is Texas and the wife is a politician so you never know.

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  12. jerzygirl45

    August 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

    This is crazy. I would have to call 911. After I beat somebody’s face with my keyboard.

  13. R. Hall

    August 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Man that is suing tasing other workers at work too.

  14. Madilyn

    August 10, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    On what planet is tasering someone okay to do for funsies? Seriously?

    Also, who doesn’t call the police the FIRST time it happens? Being tasered hurts pretty badly, I understand, from my time working 911 dispatch. I can’t imagine who’d go, “Okay, you got me” and grouse about it privately the first time and then put up with it again. And again.

    • NollasWrath

      August 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      In Republicanland (aka Dumbfuckistan) this is a purely acceptable form of recreation.

  15. Liz

    August 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Harless shouldn’t even be in business. I hope this lawsuit results in the dealership being shut down.

  16. Bill Barany

    August 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    the News from Texas is like a watching a reality program of stupid dysfunctional brats.

  17. Guest

    August 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I hope the man saved the videos that were taken down from YouTube because these will prove criminal conduct on the part of his attackers.

  18. Erick

    August 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    There is no defense in the world that is going to get these guys off the hook. The guy is on film with his back turned, while a co-worker sneaks up and uses a weapon on him. I could easily see myself goofing off in college with some of my roommates like this…but in an employment scenario…I feel bad for the owners, they’re not going to win this one. If the owner, Mr. Harless knew this was going on, he deserves what he gets simply on account of stupidity.

  19. barnabus50

    August 13, 2013 at 1:07 am

    I wonder if the guy thought he’d lose his job if he complained. I don’t know what employment law is like in the wild hair state of Texas, but where I live, this would qualify as an outrageous example of harassment, not to mention assault and battery. I can’t imagine an employer with half a mind even trying this. He could be sued for merely threatening to tase an employee.

  20. Jon Faith

    August 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I may have been fired, but I would have beat the brakes off the very first POS that tazed me ! No questions asked, I would have immediately stomped that arse !

  21. Jeff V

    October 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Employment law in Texas is “Right To Work” where you can be fired on a whim for anything without any legal recourse. That being said it doesn’t protect the owners from culpability or responsibility for the actions of their employees. This is open and shut all day.

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