Carrie Bradon Feb. 9, 2016, 1:49pm


PHILADELPHIA — A former employee is suing a West Chester education business, alleging discrimination because she says her termination was due to race.

Sakina Ryder filed a complaint Feb. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Nobel Learning Communities Inc. of West Chester, alleging discrimination and retaliation.

According to the complaint, Ryder, an African-American woman, was employed by Nobel Learning from April 2015 until September 2015 and she was a satisfactory employee, although she was discriminated against during her employment.

The suit says the defendant failed to introduce her to the corporate office in a timely manner, accused her of taking personal calls at work and of talking in the break room. In September 2015, the lawsuit states, Ryder was told of a complaint concerning her, after which Ryder was treated differently than coworkers. On Sept. 10, 2015, the plaintiff was terminated for performance-related allegations, causing her mental and emotional anguish, the suit says.

Ryder seeks a jury trial, damages, lost wages, mental anguish and legal fees. She is represented by attorney Robert T. Vance Jr. of the Law Offices of Robert T. Vance Jr. in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00523

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