Philadelphia woman sues Temple University for alleged unlawful termination

By Nick Bartholomew | Oct 9, 2015

A Philadelphia woman is suing Temple University for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Gwendolyn Warren, who worked for the university performing custodial and cleaning duties for around four years, filed suit on Sept. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the university.

Warren claims to have suffered a work-related back injury in September 2014 and was forced to take about two weeks off from work. On Oct. 2, 2014, a few weeks after her medical leave ended, her employment was allegedly terminated.

The claim states that Temple University terminated her employment for leaving campus during her shift. Warren alleges she went outside to pick up medication from her daughter, never leaving the campus. Warren claims she believes she was actually terminated for exercising her FMLA rights and taking the previously mentioned medical leave. The claim also alleges discrimination against her health conditions resulting from the injury.

Warren is seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages plus litigation costs and any other damages deemed appropriate by the court. She is represented by Ari R. Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti P.C. of Bensalem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-05325-TJS.

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