Former HR manager sues Rice Energy

by Kari Valence |
Oct. 28, 2015, 12:34pm

PITTSBURGH -- A Glenshaw, Pennsylvania woman recently sued her former employer claiming the company fired her while she was on maternity leave.

Jessica Horvat filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania Western District Court on Oct. 19 against Rice Energy, Inc., alleging she was unlawfully terminated while on maternity leave, a direct violation of her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

Horvat was employed at Rice as the Human Resource manager when she filed for leave for the birth of her child. She was on the maternity leave when she  allegedly was notified that she was being fired. Although she allegedly was told the position was being eliminated, another employee was hired to take her place. Hornet alleges Rice violated her rights under the FMLA by unlawfully terminating her.

Hornet is seeking re-employment to her position, including benefits, training and seniority, as well as full value of wages lost had she not been terminated. Hornet also requests Rice provide all stock, 401k and bonus options, as well as be prohibited from discriminating against Horvat in the future in any way that violates FMLA. She also is seeking costs and expenses, plus attorney's fees and other relief the court deems fit. Horvat is represented by Samuel J. Cordes in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania Western District Court case no. 2:15-cv-01353-NBF

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