Employee sues nursing facility, alleges FMLA violation

Kasey Schefflin-Emrich Jun. 24, 2015, 1:31pm


PHILADELPHIA - A resident of Wilmington, Del., has brought allegations against her former employer claiming violation of employment law in late 2014.

Rhea Holloman filed a lawsuit June 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against 1412 Lansdowne Operating LLC and the various organizations and companies that managed and operated the nursing and rehabilitation facility, alleging wrongful suspension and termination.

According to the civil action, Holloman worked for the defendants as a license practical nurse for approximately five years until her employment was terminated in October 2014.

The suit states that throughout her employment Holloman requested time off to care for her daughter, who had a serious health condition. Although Holloman would inform management every time she had to take off, she was never informed of her Family Medical Leave Act rights until the late summer of 2014 when the nursing director told her, she claims.

Holloman claims that less than two weeks after submitting her FMLA paperwork to the human resources department she was told by management that she was being suspended because she was disrespectful to a supervisor. Not only was Holloman never told of the specific circumstances that led to her suspension, but 10 days later she was informed that her services weren't needed anymore and thus her employment was terminated, she claims.

Holloman alleges she wasn't disrespectful to any supervisor and was fired because she requested FMLA leave despite being qualified for it under the law.

The plaintiff seeks back pay, liquidated damages, costs and expenses of suit, legal fees and other relief deemed appropriate by the court. Holloman is represented by attorney Ari R. Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C. in Bensalem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number: 2:15-cv-03258-NIQA.

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