A woman in Dauphin County, Harrisburg is seeking compensation over claims she believes she is owed due to wrongful termination. She was terminated after asking for accommodations for her disabilities. On January 4th, 2016, Ebony Stephenson filed a complaint in the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Healthcare Services Group Inc., alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
Stephenson was hired by Healthcare Services Inc. in October 2013 and worked as a housekeeper at Defendant’s Spring Creek Nursing Home. Stephenson’s supervisor allegedly made a comment about her knapsack in 2013 which implied that Stephenson was a man. Following the incident she says she requested the number of her supervisor’s superior and accused him of being disrespectful. She was discharged from her position on the same day and claims that she began to suffer from anxiety. She was then rehired the next month by Healthcare Services Inc. but at a different facility. She requested accommodations for her disabilities which were refused. Stephenson was later terminated and alleges retaliation for her accommodation request, which occurred August 2014. This case is currently pending.