Former parochial school employee cites disability discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | May 7, 2015


A Conshohocken worker has sued a parochial school system and its overseers, alleging unlawful employment practices.

Joseph Greco filed a lawsuit May 1 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese Office of Catholic Education of Philadelphia, and Holy Rosary Regional Catholic School of Plymouth Meeting, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging violation of employment law in June 2013.

According to the complaint, Greco, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010 and also has diabetes, was hired by the archdiocese in 1991, and began a position at the Holy Rosary School in July 2012. The suit states Greco made his supervisors aware of his medical condition and treatment protocol.

According to the lawsuit, Greco advised a supervisor in May 2013 that he was scheduled for surgery June 4, 2013, and he was discharged from his employment June 3, 2013. The plaintiff alleges his employer refused to make reasonable accommodations for his medical conditions and physical limitations.

Greco cites intentional violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The plaintiff alleges he has suffered emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, lost wages and benefits and future earning capacity.

Greco seeks: the equivalent of back and front pay; compensatory and punitive damages; interest, attorney and experts fees; and court costs. He is represented by attorney Timothy Hough of Jaffe & Hough in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number: 2:15-cv-02453-CMR.

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