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Former employee claims Temple University violated FMLA

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By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 16, 2018


PHILADELPHIA — A New Jersey resident is suing Temple University and Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, former employer, citing alleged violation of the FMLA.

Theresa Berardinucci filed a complaint on Sept. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the defendants, alleging they violated rights of employees to family and medical leave.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she has suffered injury because of the offensive and discriminatory remarks on the basis of her disabilities and was subjected to retaliation for exercising her rights under the FMLA, prior to a sudden termination of her employment by the defendants on pretext that her position lacked funding, which caused plaintiff to suffer loss of employment, earnings, raises, other significant economic benefits, emotional pain and suffering, emotional distress and humiliation. 

The plaintiff holds Temple University and Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to engage in the interactive process of determining reasonable accommodations for plaintiff and terminated plaintiff's employment because of her actual and/or perceived disability.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, with award of back pay, front pay and bonuses in an amount not less than $150,000, punitive, compensatory, and/or exemplary damages, costs, disbursements, attorneys' fees, interest, and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Michael Murphy of Murphy Law Group LLC in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-04193.

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