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Former city employee alleges workplace discrimination in lawsuit

Employees in Florida have certain rights and are entitled to make sure those rights are protected -- even if that means taking legal action. Workplace discrimination in any form is unacceptable. A city in another state is being sued by a former employee who alleges she was terminated after reporting harassment and discrimination. She claims that her employers violated the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and her state's Human Relations Act.

According to court documents, the plaintiff's employment as service representative of the Water Revenue Bureau started in Aug. 2013. She suffers from scoliosis -- requiring accommodation because of its effect on a person's ability to sit, stand or walk for long periods. However, she contends that her duties were performed in a professional manner.

The former employee alleges that her perceived disability, along with the fact that she is not of American origin, brought about derogatory remarks, discrimination and harassment. She filed a complaint with the human relations department shortly before the end of January 2014. The complaint states that her employment was terminated within a week of filing the complaint.

Taking on large companies in employment litigation may seem an insurmountable task; however, it is not a battle anybody has to fight alone. The services of an experienced Florida employment law attorney can be retained to provide guidance and support throughout the legal proceedings of such a lawsuit. Recovery of all damages brought about by workplace discrimination can be pursued, including financial and economic damages, future earning potential, and the psychological and emotional distress caused by the harassment and loss of employment.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Terminated Philadelphia city employee claims discrimination, retaliation", Molly English-Bowers, March 25, 2016

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