Employee accuses Pennsylvania Corrections Department of ADA violation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 7, 2018

PITTSBURGH — An employee is suing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

James R. Maraney Jr. filed a complaint on July 19, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the defendant alleging that in May 2016, he suffered damages including lost wages and benefits, emotional distress, anxiety, humiliation, inconvenience and costs of litigation.

He accuses the Department of Corrections of adverse retaliatory employment actions that forced the plaintiff into a temporary disability pension. He claims that the Corrections Department refused to rehire him for a new position after he allegedly suffered a knee and shoulder injury during his employment as Corrections Food Service instructor. 

The plaintiff holds the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Corrections, and State Correctional Institution of Fayette responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to consider plaintiff's application to a new position that can accommodate his medical restrictions, and violated ADA in reckless disregard of plaintiff’s federally protected right to be free from discrimination.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for statutory, liquidated and punitive damages, award reinstatement or front pay, attorney's fees, expert witness fees, costs of action, and other legal and equitable relief as the Court deems just. He is represented by Holly L. Stabile of Holly L. Stabile, Attorney at Law in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 18-cv-937

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