Forced to Retire After Back Injury, Long-Time Employee Says
(CN) - A Kaiser employee was constantly nitpicked and forced to retire after she let supervisors know she had a back injury and anxiety, she claims in a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Michelle Macias sued Kaiser Permanente and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. for disability discrimination and wrongful termination.
After 17 years of working for Kaiser Macias was fired after she developed spinal injuries and anxiety, the complaint states.
Once she let her supervisor know of her spine pain she was constantly nitpicked and micromanaged and continuously harassed, she says. Human resources did nothing, according to the complaint.
After a different supervisor learned of Macias' anxiety, she began to blame her own failings on Macias -- setting up pretextual reasons for firing her.
After a medical leave she was retaliated against and forced to retire. She seeks punitive damages and a jury trial.
Macias is represented by Todd Friedman of Beverly Hills.