Former employee sues Hampton House for firing her

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 5, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A former employee is suing HCR ManorCare Inc., d/b/a Hampton House, a nursing care facility, citing alleged age discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Peggy Miller filed a complaint on Oct. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against HCR ManorCare Inc., d/b/a Hampton House, alleging the nursing care facility violated rights of employees to family and medical leave.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 22, 2017, she suffered injury, including loss of employment, pain and suffering, mental anguish, humiliation, loss of fringe benefits, disruption of her personal life, and loss of enjoyment of life, as a result of the adverse employment actions of the defendants against plaintiff in terminating her employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse for defendant care facility located at 1548 Sans Souci Parkway in Wilkes-Barre, for using FMLA leave to care for her serious medical conditions. 

Additionally, plaintiff was subjected to hostile work environment and discrimination because of her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which she developed after the death of her loved ones, the suit says.

The plaintiff holds HCR ManorCare Inc., d/b/a Hampton House, responsible because the defendant allegedly interfered with employee's contractual right to enjoy the same benefits and privileges as other employees, engaged in reckless disregard of plaintiff’s legal rights under the FMLA, and retaliated against plaintiff for exercising her FMLA rights.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for compensatory, punitive and liquidated damages, attorney's fees, costs, and interest. She is represented by David Koller and Sarah Lavelle of Koller Law LLC in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-02049.

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