Pennsylvania Court: Worker Adequately Supported Claims of Discrimination, Case Will Proceed
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case of Sine v Rockville Mennonite Home, finding that the plaintiff adequately supported her allegations that her employment was terminated by the company in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA), and the ADA.
The plaintiff notified her employer that she planned to take leave under the FMLA as soon as she became eligible, in order to have surgery that was recommended to her in order to prevent the development of cancer. She was fired shortly before she became eligible for the leave and claimed that her employer interfered with her rights under the FMLA. She also alleged that the termination was based on her disability (or perceived disability), in violation of the PHRA and the ADA.
An article, “Beware Firing as Employee Nears Eligibility to Take FMLA Leave,” reports on the decision.
Busy EEOC Sues Employers, Alleges Variety of ADA Violations
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a number of lawsuits recently, including several alleging disability discrimination against workers in the Mid-Atlantic region:
EEOC Sues Optimal Solutions & Technologies for Disability Discrimination
The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Optimal Solutions & Technologies (OST, Inc.), charging the company with violating the ADA when it fired an employee after learning of his benign brain tumor. The employee worked at the company’s Hyattsville, Maryland facility, and had received positive feedback on his job performance until he disclosed his condition.
EEOC Sues Norfolk Southern Corporation for Company-Wide Disability Discrimination
The EEOC filed a lawsuit in the district in Pittsburgh, charging Norfolk Southern Corporation and subsidiary Norfolk Southern Railway Company with excluding a class of workers from job opportunities based on wide range of actual or perceived disabilities, or a history of such disabilities, without considering whether workers’ abilities to perform job duties were actually affected.
Camber Corporation Sued by EEOC for Discrimination Against Parent of Child with Disability
Defense contractor Camber Corporation violated federal law when it denied a Virginia-based employee a transfer based on his son's medical condition and then fired him, according to a lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
EEOC Sues Volvo Group North America, LLC, For Disability Discrimination
Volvo Group North America, LLC, violated the ADA when it refused to hire a qualified worker at its Hagerstown, Maryland, facility because of his disability, according to the EEOC.