PHILADELPHIA – A nurse has sued her former employers over a claim that she was let go because of her disability.
Kimberly Reeves filed a lawsuit April 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Crozer-Keystone Health alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
While working as a nurse from March 2006 through June 2015, Reeves began suffering from various health conditions, including shoulder pain, in December 2014, she alleges. She reported her injuries and sought worker’s compensation benefits, according to the claim.
In or about March 2015, Reeves began suffering more work-related injuries, eventually asking to take a brief medical leave, the suit says, adding that on or about May 14, 2015, she submitted a return to work note to management, with a 50-pound lifting restriction.
On May 19, 2015, management sent her a note saying that she must return – without any restrictions or limitations, she alleges. Six days later, she submitted another return to work note clearing her for work, with no added restrictions, the suit says, adding that in or about June 2015 Reeves returned to work for her first scheduled shift and worked approximately one day before she was terminated.
She is seeking past lost earnings, future lost earnings, salary, pay increases, bonuses, medical and other benefits, training, promotions, pension and seniority.
Reeves, who is demanding a jury trial, is being represented by attorney Ari R. Karpf of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C. in Bensalem.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Court Case number 2:16-cv-01844-RK