Fired Employee Accuses Kaiser of Discrimination
OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - Kaiser said it discharged a woman because of “staffing problems,” but that was just a pretext, she claims in Alameda County Superior Court.
Michelle Scott sued Kaiser Permanente for physical and mental disability discrimination, age discrimination, race discrimination, gender discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, Family Medical Leave Act violations, California Family Rights Act violations and failure to prevent discrimination and harassment.
Michelle Scott is a 48-year-old black woman, according to her lawsuit.
“During her employment, plaintiff suffered a serious injury and learned that she had the following physical disability and mental disability (a medical disability of the body, limbs and head). At that time Kaiser Permanente was aware of plaintiff’s physical disabilities and mental disability set forth above because plaintiff informed Kaiser Permanente of her physical disabilities and mental disability, and Kaiser Permanente was aware that plaintiff was treating for her physical disabilities and mental disability,” Scott’s complaint states. (Parentheses in complaint.)
“Kaiser Permanente failed to reasonably accommodate plaintiff’s needs based on her physical disabilities and mental disability,” it continues.
Scott also contends she was treated differently than younger employees, non-black employees and male employees, including being unfairly criticized, denied promotions and subjected to a hostile work environment.
“On or about Sept. 16, 2013 Kaiser Permanente discharged plaintiff allegedly due to staffing problems,” the complaint states.
“The reason given for plaintiff’s discharge was a mere pretext for unlawful discrimination in that plaintiff’s discharge for alleged violation of company policies resulted from an alleged staffing shortage,” it continues.
Michelle Scott seeks compensatory and exemplary damages, back pay, medical and related expenses, loss of earnings, attorney fees, costs of suit and a jury trial. She is represented by Michael J. Reed in Alamo.