Kaiser Fires Woman For Being Depressed, She Claims
LOS ANGELES (CN) – A Kaiser administrator claims she was fired for taking medical leave for depression, in Los Angeles County Superior Court Central District.
Tricia Farrell sued Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and several other Kaiser subsidiaries for disability discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and wrongful termination.
Farrell says she worked for Kaiser as an administrative specialist from 2009 until her termination on Jan. 20, 2016. During that time, Kaiser was well aware that she had several disabilities, including depression and anxiety, and was taking antidepressants to treat them.
In mid-November 2015, Farrell took approximately six weeks off due to her disabilities. Though she had taken time off before with no repercussions, Kaiser suspended her within a week of her return and ultimately fired her soon afterward, according to the complaint.
Farrell seeks punitive and damages, and compensatory damages for lost wages, medical bills, and emotional distress. She also wants an injunction preventing Kaiser from further discriminating against disabled employees.
She is represented by Nicholas Orihuela with Hurtitz, Orihuela & Hayes.