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Maintenance worker alleges Holiday Inn fired him for taking medical leave

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 9, 2016


PHILADELPHIA — A former employee is suing Holiday Inn, alleging he was terminated from his job following a request to take a medical leave.

John Reardon filed a lawsuit Feb. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Chesapeke Hospitality, doing business as Holiday Inn, alleging violation of the FMLA.

According to the complaint, Reardon was hired by the defendant March 26, 2014, as a maintenance worker at the Holiday Inn in Wilkes Barre. During his time of employment, the suit states, the plaintiff suffered from alcoholism, and in December 2015, Reardon contacted his general manager to report his condition and request leave.

The lawsuit states the manager told the plaintiff he would contact the corporate office, however, several hours later the plaintiff was fired. The manager said Reardon was being terminated for excessive absences, although the plaintiff alleges it was pretextual.

Reardon seeks damages for lost wages and benefits, as well as damages for outrageous conduct and legal fees. He is represented by attorneys Manali Arora and Richard Swartz of Swartz Swidler LC in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. 

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00559

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