WILLIAMSPORT — A financial assistant is suing Pennsylvania State University, a former employer, citing alleged disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Brenda Wert filed a complaint on Jan. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Pennsylvania State University, alleging it interfered with the Family Medical Leave Act.
According to the complaint, on May 22, 2017, plaintiff was unlawfully terminated from her employment. She alleges she has suffered lost employment and related benefits. The plaintiff holds Pennsylvania State University responsible because the defendant allegedly classified her time away from work as non-FMLA leave and retaliated against her and terminated her as a result of her absences that were due to a serious health condition.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks reimbursement of back pay and benefits, with interest, costs, attorney's fees and such other just and proper relief. She is represented by Thomas Anderson of Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie PC in Pittsburgh.
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 4:19-cv-00155-MWB.