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Woman suffering with chronic pain alleges wrongful termination

Chronic pain is a disability that affects millions of people in Florida and across the United States. Many employees are still forced to work even when they are faced with dealing with the pain. However, employees should not be fired or otherwise mistreated because they are disabled. A former employee for a recycling company in another state claims that she was the victim of a wrongful termination because of her disability and has filed her claim in a federal court.

The woman began working for the company in 2011 and was the vice president of marketing and business development. The plaintiff suffered from chronic pain in her neck, and, to cope with the pain, she used a bionic device. Two years into her tenure, the device quit working, which caused her pain to intensify.

To alleviate the pain, plaintiff had surgery so that she could get a new device implanted. The woman took off of work for six days to heal and recover, but she did not return to the office. Instead, she started working from home and claims she would regularly check in with her employer to discuss her assignments.

Two months later, the woman alleges she was given a release to go back to work, but everything changed. She claims that the company owner created a hostile work environment and then fired her the next month. The plaintiff maintains she suffered a wrongful termination because of her disability and is alleging violations of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law and Americans with Disabilities Act. Individuals in Florida who are disabled do not deserve to be fired or discriminated against because of their medical conditions. Those who feel they are mistreated may benefit from consulting with an employment law attorney for the best course of action.

Source:, "Woman sues Community Recycling over allegations of wrongful termination", Carrie Bradon, Dec. 30, 2015

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