As California workers age, some are blessed with good health and others are not. Even though these individuals are getting older, that does not make them any less valuable in the workplace. A woman outside the state claims that she lost her job and suffered a wrongful termination based on her age. She has filed a lawsuit in a federal court to right the wrongs against her.
The woman was hired by the Philadelphia Housing Authority in 1986. In 2013, she had fallen ill and used several days of her 12 weeks of medical leave. A month later, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer.
During the time she was out, she was purportedly informed via text message about a meeting that was being held the next day at work. The woman, who was 63 years old during this time, claims that she told her superior she was not well enough to make it. She alleges that it was necessary for her to have more time away from work because of her illness, so she submitted paperwork to extend her leave. Days later, she was purportedly told that she would be laid off.
The plaintiff decided to apply for four other positions to keep her job at the housing authority, but she claims younger employees who were less qualified were hired instead. She is accusing the housing authority for violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations act. She is seeking a trial by jury for wrongful termination as well as monetary damages, legal costs and lost income. California employees in similar situations who feel they were fired based upon a legally protected status have the right to pursue recourse through the civil court system.
Source: pennrecord.com, "Woman sues Philadelphia Housing Authority, alleging she was discharged because of her age", Carrie Bradon, Feb. 7, 2016