Travis Zuellig Mar. 18, 2016, 2:48pm


PHILADELPHIA — A certified nursing assistant is suing a Philadelphia health center, alleging violations of Title VII of the amended Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the amended Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  

Mary Taylor, a Philadelphia resident, filed a lawsuit Jan. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Centennial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, doing business as Centennial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

According to the complaint, Taylor, an African-American, was a CNA working in Centennial's nursing facility since 1990 to Aug. 17, 2013, when she suffered a ventricular fibrillation and had a cardiac arrest. She required immediate hospitalization at Lankenau Hospital, and Taylor missed work because of the disability, the suit states.

Taylor requested reasonable accommodations from Centennial, the lawsuit states, but the defendant failed to do provide such accommodations. The suit says when the plaintiff went in person requesting accommodation and documentation, the human resources department said she was no longer employed and Taylor never received a notice of the termination.

Taylor seeks a jury trial, plus more than $150,000 in back pay, front pay, damages, loss of earnings, loss of wages and loss of future earnings. She is represented by attorney Vaughn A. Booker of Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00266-CDJ

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