Woman alleges Soldier On Inc. retaliated against her for needing FMLA leave

By Louie Torres | Dec 26, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A Cheswick woman alleges she was retaliated against for taking a medical leave.

Michelle Barbiaux filed a complaint on Dec. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against Soldier On Inc. alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant in April 2014. In August, the suit states that she requested FMLA leave because of her depression disability and took two weeks of leave. The suit states she was terminated Sept. 13 with no stated reason for the termination.

The plaintiff holds Soldier On Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly refused to provide her with any Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations and terminated her in connection with protected activity under FMLA.

The plaintiff seeks compensatory damages, liquidated damages, court costs, injunctive and equitable relief and any further relief the court grants. She is represented by Carolyn E. Paletta of Steele Schneider in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-01608-MRH

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