The Penn Record Jun. 1, 2016, 8:07pm


PHILADELPHIA — A former data center supervisor is suing The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, citing alleged retaliation and wrongful termination.

New Jersey resident Michael Suppa filed a complaint on April 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, alleging that the facility violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on or about February 14, 2014, he went out on FMLA approved leave for shoulder surgery. Approximately one week after his return to work, he was informed by his manager, Christopher Haas, that he was being terminated, effective May 2, 2014, he claims. As a direct and proximate result of the defendant's actions and inactions, he has suffered mental anguish, severe emotional distress, loss of self-esteem and financial losses, the suit alleges. The plaintiff holds The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia responsible because the defendant allegedly retaliated against and terminated him for taking leave pursuant to the FMLA.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensation for damages, liquidated damages, costs and attorneys’ fees, any and all other remedies available pursuant to the FMLA and such other and further relief as is deemed just and proper. He is represented by James A. Bell IV and Christopher A. Macey, Jr. of Bell & Bell LLP in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-01899

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