Employee with Anxiety and Depression Allegedly Fired for Insubordination After Requesting Off for Doctor’s Appointment.


Employee Files Lawsuit against Embassy Bank Corporation for Disability Discrimination

Jennifer accepted a position as a personal banker at Embassy Bank Corporation in March 2014. She was upfront with her manager and other management-level employees that she deals with anxiety, depression, and chronic sinus infections. The symptoms of these serious health conditions sometimes influence the major life activity of breathing.

Completely capable of her job, Jennifer sometimes needed to request time off to pursue medical care and treatments of her health conditions. Jennifer shared that she was always willing to provide medical paperwork to her manager when she requested time off, but her manager allegedly told Jennifer that no paperwork was required. She also worked hard to keep her manager in the loop with occasional text messages related to time off for medical treatment. Jennifer believed that her manager notified the assistant vice president about her time off for a medical reason.

In February 2017, Jennifer sent her manager a text about needing to visit the doctor to get medication for her health condition so she wouldn’t be at work the following day. After the appointment, Jennifer texted her manager again, saying that the doctor wanted her to take the rest of the week off due to complications from her severe health issues. Jennifer returned to work. Two days later, Jennifer was terminated for insubordination.

Jennifer asked for examples of her insubordination, but her employer refused to give any instances. Therefore, Jennifer believes that she was fired due to her health conditions and use of reasonable accommodations for her health. As a client of KM&A, Jennifer is fighting for her rights under the law. KM&A advocates for employees like Jennifer who suffer from a disability and face discrimination and termination for that reason.


Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 5:18-cv-00617-JLS

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For more information about this case, contact Attorney Jonathan Chase at 215-475-3504 or at jwc@lawkm.com.

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