PHILADELPHIA — A Pottstown woman is suing Lowe’s, alleging wrongful and discriminatory termination.
Tanner Bilyeu filed a lawsuit Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Lowe’s Companies Inc., alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), violation of the Pennsylvania Common Law, and violations of Title VII/PDA.
According to the complaint, Bilyeu was hired by the defendant in February 2015 and was told she was being hired seasonally for the summer until the fall when she would be evaluated for permanent employment. In May 2015, the suit says, the plaintiff suffered a work-related injury to her back and took two days off. At the time, she was several months pregnant with an expected due date in October 2015, the lawsuit states.
Upon Bilyeu's return to work, the suit says, she informed Lowe's she had minor work restrictions due to the injury and her pregnancy. The complaint states the defendant terminated her two weeks later, alleging it was due to the slow end of the season.
The plaintiff alleges her termination was a result of discrimination against her health conditions.
Bilyeu seeks compensation for all pay and benefits she would have received had she not been terminated, punitive damages, costs, expenses and attorney fees. She is represented by attorney Ari R. Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti PC, in Bensalem
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00699-JD