PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia woman is suing her former employer over claims she was harassed and terminated because of carpel tunnel syndrome.

Laura Fletcher filed a lawsuit on Nov. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Wordsworth Academy, The Wordsworth Co. Inc., and The Wordsworth Corp., claiming she was wrongfully terminated.

Fletcher claims she was employed by the company from Sept. 27, 2011, as an administrative assistant, and that she began suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome in 2014. Fletcher alleges soon after reporting her diagnosis to management she was transferred to a different department where she claims she was met with hostility from that department's management. Fletcher claims the workplace abuse continued until her termination on Jan. 15. Fletcher claims she was unfairly targeted for abuse and termination because of her disability and is a direct violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Fletcher is seeking reimbursement for wages that would have been paid has she not been terminated, back pay, front pay, salary, pay increases, bonuses, insurance, benefits, training, promotions, reinstatement and seniority, as well as relief for emotional distress and pain and suffering. Fletcher is represented by Ari. R. Karpf of Karpf, Karpf, and Cerutti, P.C. in Bensalem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:15-cv-06159-MMB

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