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Lawsuit claims FedEx violated National Guard member's employment rights


By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 31, 2019


HARRISBURG — An employee is suing FedEx Supply Chain, citing alleged discrimination, hostile work environment, and violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

Scott Laird filed a complaint on Jan. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against FedEx Supply Chain, alleging the corporation retaliated against an employee for being an member of the military.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that beginning in October 2017 he suffered economic loss; emotional distress, loss of self-respect and confidence; difficulty; discrimination; harassment; and retaliatory behavior from his supervisor, Raj Sharma, and other members of management for being a member of the Army National Guard. 

The lawsuit states Sharma and other company officials made negative statements about plaintiff's leaving for training, made it difficult for plaintiff to use his personal vacation time, and forced plaintiff to be available for meetings and phone calls while on leave. 

The plaintiff alleges FedEx Supply Chain is responsible for falsely accusing the plaintiff of manipulating the system to take advantage of the company in retaliation for plaintiff's participation in National Guard training and subjected plaintiff to a hostile work environment.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for compensatory and actual damages, liquidated damages, equitable and legal relief, costs and expenses of action, and injunctive or other relief. He is represented by Stephen Gunther, Steve Mahan, Derrek Cummings and Larry Weisberg of Weisberg Cummings PC in Harrisburg.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 19-cv-68.

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