PITTSBURGH — A former employee is suing National Link, citing alleged wrongful termination.
Joseph Noah filed a complaint on May 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against National Link alleging that the employer allegedly violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in August 2015, he had headaches that became worse and he had to miss work on several occasions. Defendant's president, Kathleen Krol, told him not to log on to his work account and that she would take care of his staff while he was out sick, he says. After that incident, she began harassing him by ridiculing and reprimanding him for not logging on to his work account and taking care of business items, he claims. After about a month, he made numerous attempts to obtain his FMLA paperwork but to no avail, the suit alleges. On September 28, 2015, he received a letter from defendant, stating that he would receive his termination of health benefits package in the following days, and he learned from others that he had been terminated, he claims. The plaintiff holds National Link responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to accommodate his request for FMLA leave and failed to apprise him of his rights under the FMLA.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant for loss of wages in excess of $50,000, punitive damages, legal fees, pre-judgment and continuing interest, court costs and other such relief as the court may deem just and proper. He is represented by Sean L. Ruppert of Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC in Pittsburgh.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-00548