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Former University of Pennsylvania employee claims he was wrongfully terminated because of depression

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By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 17, 2019


PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing the University of Pennsylvania, citing alleged disability discrimination and wrongful termination.

Keith Albright filed a complaint on Jan. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Trustees of the University of Pennyslvania and Sherrie Davis for alleged violation of the American with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.

According to the complaint, on Nov. 25, 2013, Keith Albright was hired as a clinical audiologist by defendant as he was a qualified individual despite being diagnosed with clinical depression. 

Plaintiff claims during his employment, he was forced to work numerous additional hours per week as defendant was continually short-staffed that caused him a great deal of stress and anxiety. He requested to change his work shift as he was struggling with his debilitating health condition, but defendants allegedly did not provide any solutions to his request. 

On Dec. 6, 2017, plaintiff claims he was terminated, specifically that he arrived late to work without any prior notification. 

The plaintiff holds The Trustees of the University of Pennyslvania and Sherrie Davis responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide effective reasonable accommodations to plaintiff that would allow him to continue to perform the essential functions of his job.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages, attorneys' fees, costs, disbursements, and for such other relief as the Court deems just and proper. He is represented by Caroline Miller of Derek Smith Law Group in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:19-cv-00149-GJP.

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