Bridgeport woman sues former employer, alleging discrimination

Kasey Schefflin-Emrich Sep. 30, 2015, 12:32pm


A Bridgeport woman is suing her former employer, alleging it engaged in discriminatory and retaliatory employment practices.

Edith Monterubio filed a lawsuit Aug. 7 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Marian Family Norriton II, and Marian Family Collegeville, doing business as McDonald's Inc., alleging violations of the Civil Rights Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

According to the complaint, Monterubio, began working for the defendant as a shift manager in December 2009. The suit states although she had a satisfactory job performance rating throughout her employment with Marian Family, she was subjected to a hostile work environment as employees would make derogatory and discriminatory comments related to her Mexican national origin.

After Monterubio reported the discriminatory conduct, the lawsuit states, not only did Marian Family fail to conduct an investigation or take measures to put an end to the behavior but the defendant also terminated her employment in April 2013 for a short time. When the plaintiff was rehired and transferred to another store in May 2013, after complaining that she was fired in retaliation for reporting unlawful discrimination, she continued to be the victimized based on her national origin, the suit says.

The lawsuit also alleges Monterubio was treated differently than other similarly situated non-Mexican employees as she was denied requested time off to take her child to the doctor in May 2013 while those employees weren't.

According to the suit, the plaintiff was constructively terminated in September 2013. She alleges she experienced emotional distress, embarrassment and decreased self-esteem as the result of the defendant's unlawful employment practices.

Monterubio seeks lost wages and benefits, front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees and costs of suit, plus other relief deemed appropriate by the court. She is represented by attorney Sidney L. Gold of Sidney L. Gold & Associates in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-04384-JP.

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