Teacher sues Malvern Catholic school, says he wasn't given access to quiet room when headaches hit

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 5, 2018


PHILADELPHIA — A full-time teacher is suing Malvern Preparatory School, a Catholic school, citing alleged discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Michael Rawlings filed a complaint on Sept. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Malvern Preparatory School, alleging the Catholic school violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Wage Payment and Collection Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in spite of his desire not to retire and to have his contract renewed, he was terminated on May 3 due to his age and disability, as he needed reasonable accommodation for his cluster headaches. 

The plaintiff holds Malvern Preparatory School responsible because the defendant allegedly denied him to access to the quiet room for treatment of his cluster headaches and terminated his employment and replaced him with a younger mathematics teacher and failed to pay all wages within the prescribed period by the WPCL.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages of more than $150,000, exclusive of costs, interest, attorney's fees and such other just and appropriate relief. He is represented by Andrew Abramson of Abramson Employment Law LLC in Blue Bell.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:18-cv-03856-PBT.

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