PHILADELPHIA — A woman is suing her former employer over allegations of gender discrimination and wrongful termination.
Wendy Orzech filed a lawsuit on April 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Personacare of Reading Inc., doing business as, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Wyomissing; citing unlawful violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, and breach of contract.
According to the complaint, Orzech was employed by the defendant from Dec. 10, 2012, through March 18, 2014, working as the director of nursing. The plaintiff claims that in December 2013, she began to be subjected to gender discrimination from her superior, implying she was unqualified to work because she had triplets.
The plaintiff avers that she complained about the co-worker's behavior to no avail. In March 2014, the defendant allegedly changed the locks on the plaintiff’s door and had her name removed after learning she had obtained counsel in connection with her claim of discrimination. The plaintiff was reportedly fired later that month in what she claims to be a further act of discrimination.
Orzech seeks that the defendant be permanently enjoined from further discrimination, compensation for all lost wages and benefits, actual and punitive damages, costs, expenses, and a trial by jury. She is represented by Timothy M. Kolman, Wayne A. Ely, and W. Charles Sipio, in Penndel, PA.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 5:16-cv-01760-LS