Carol Ostrow Jul. 9, 2015, 1:20pm


HARRISBURG - A New York State resident has filed a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania-based company and its Michigan-based parent corporation on allegations of employment law violation in 2014.

Michael Hatch of Van Etten, N.Y., sued Masco Retail Cabinetry Group LLC of Sayre, Pa., and Masco Corp. of Taylor, Mich., in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on June 29 alleging interference, retaliation and violation of the FMLA in a series of events culminating in April 2014

The suit states that Hatch, employed for 15 years by the defendant, utilized authorized medical leave to care for his sick wife from 2010 through 2013.

According to documents filed, the plaintiff was terminated in April 2014 because he allegedly exceeded the amount of time allotted for leave under Masco’s attendance policy.

Alleging that other staffers in similar situations were not discharged, the plaintiff maintains that his employers had an ongoing issue with mismanagement of employee leave policy, and that his dismissal was an act of retaliation, claiming that Masco’s willful, deliberate, malicious, and outrageous actions caused him emotional distress.

Hatch seeks injunctive action and liquidated damages, compensatory back and front pay and full benefits, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, and court costs. The plaintiff seeks is represented by Ari Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti in Bensalem.

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania case number 4:15-cv-01273-MWB.

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