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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Laborer claims Edwin's Greenhouse Construction violated ADA, leading to wrongful termination

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By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 10, 2018


PHILADELPHIA — A person with a disability is suing Edwin's Greenhouse Construction Inc., a greenhouse contractor, citing alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jason Coefer filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Edwin's Greenhouse Construction Inc. alleging the greenhouse contractor denied full access to individuals with disabilities.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges he was subjected to a hostile work environment by his fellow employees during his employment with the defendant as a laborer, including being mocked about his speech and hearing, laughed at, intentionally called by a different nickname, and referred to as "a retard," in addition to being denied increases in salary prior to his termination on March 19 on the pre-text that he was not working fast enough. 

The plaintiff holds Edwin's Greenhouse Construction Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly terminated plaintiff's employment as retaliation for his complaining of disability discrimination and harassment, and escalated their hostility towards plaintiff.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for damages, and compensate plaintiff to back pay, front pay, salary, pay increases, bonuses, insurance, and benefits. He is represented by Adam Lease of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti PC in Bensalem.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-03975.

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