PHILADELPHIA – A Feasterville-Trevose man is suing his employer after he was terminated, regardless of exemplary performance, allegedly because of his health issues.

Charles Smith filed a complaint on Oct. 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Center Management Group, citing violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

According to the complaint, Smith, an eight-year employee of the health care service, worked as a plant operations director and during his time of employment purports that he was an exemplary employee. The plaintiff suffered regularly from health problems related to his heart and back and occasionally would take leave from his duties, the suit states. Although he was legally allowed the time off, he allegedly received written warnings from the defendant which caused him emotional stress and led him to a premature resignation. Following this, the defendant offered him employment if he returned, however, upon returning Smith found no position available, the complaint states. Smith is claiming that the defendant was in violation of the FMLA.

Smith is seeking compensation of an unspecified amount for all damages. He is represented by Ari. R. Karpf of Karpf, Karpf and Cerutti, PC in Bensalem.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:15-CV-05730

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