Medical assistant claims Gettysburgh Pediatrics fired her because of disabilities

By Gene Johnson | Dec 8, 2015

SCRANTON – An Adams County medical assistant is suing her employer over a claim that she was fired due to her many ailments, which she believes is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dawn Vinson filed a lawsuit on Nov. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Gettysburg Pediatrics alleging a violation of the ADA.

According to the complaint, on or about in January, Vinson, who ailments include Barret Syndrome, hip dysplasia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and depression, requested approximately one week off from work to wean herself off medications she was taken for fear that the medications would have some negative effects.

When she attempted to come back to work in or about mid-January, the lawsuit claims, her employer refused to allow her back to work. Instead, she was called into a meeting by management to provide them with a written list of all her medications and asked “numerous invasion questions,” the lawsuit claims, about her most recent medical leave.

During her next meeting with management, she was told that she was being fired for alleged performance concerns, the complaint states.

Vinson, who is seeking back pay, front pay, insurance, promotions as well as reinstatement is being represented by Ari R. Karpf, Esq. of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 1:15-cv-02262-CCC

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