HARRISBURG — A former employee is suing Starbucks Corporation, citing alleged violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act and wrongful termination.
Ronald Sprenkle filed a complaint on June 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Starbucks Corporation, alleging that the employer denied the plaintiff's request to go on a leave due to his medical condition.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was diagnosed with West Nile virus and applied for a leave of absence from work but was denied, which resulted in the plaintiff accumulating 12 or more points pursuant to his employer's attendance policy and consequent termination from work. The plaintiff holds Starbucks Corporation responsible because the defendant allegedly denied the plaintiff's request for a leave of absence in order to properly treat his medical condition.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendant for lost pay, benefits, other financial losses, liquidated damages, reinstatement, court costs and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by Samuel A. Dion and Richard B. Bateman of Dion & Goldberger in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case number 1:16-cv-01263-CCC