Allegations of Wrongful Termination Based on Her Age and Requests for Reasonable Accommodations
A Pennsylvania woman filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Pennsylvania against a behavioral health company alleging discrimination and unlawful termination. According to the complaint, the plaintiff, 61, worked as an outpatient treatment reporting screener for 21 years. She was diagnosed with anxiety and depression after her mother’s death, and requested reasonable medical accommodations at that time, including a two to three month medical leave. Upon her return on a part-time basis, she claims she became the target of harassment, receiving criticism for the quality and speed of her work and an increased workload.
The plaintiff submitted reasonable accommodation paperwork from her doctor requesting a lesser workload. Her request was denied without her employer providing any legitimate reason why. Shortly thereafter, she was given a written warning requiring her to perform an “unreasonable” amount of job duties for a part-time position, including a quota of 20 to 25 inquiries per day, returning all phone calls and covering for absent co-workers. She met with her supervisor and HR about the situation, and again requested accommodation to temporarily decrease her workload, but her request was again denied.
After the meeting with her supervisor and HR, the plaintiff received a follow-up email, stating she was now required to complete 20 to 25 complex inquiries or up to 60 less complex inquiries per day. She emailed both parties about the higher quota, but received no response, court documents state. The plaintiff informed her employer that her doctor had approved her to return to work full-time. However, before she was allowed to return to work full-time, she was terminated for allegedly failing to meet performance expectations. In addition to disability discrimination and retaliation, the plaintiff claims she was terminated because of her advanced age.
The lawsuit claims her employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. The plaintiff is seeking the defendant to promulgate and adhere to a policy prohibiting discrimination and retaliation against employees; provide back pay, reinstatement and benefits; punitive and/or liquidated damages; other equitable and legal relief as the Court deems appropriate; and attorney’s fees.
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