Worker Claims Five Kinds of Discrimination in Firing
OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – A woman claims Kaiser fired her because she is a young Hispanic woman with a mental illness, in Alameda County Superior Court.
Melissa Garcia sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging disability discrimination, racial discrimination, and gender discrimination.
From the moment she started working for Kaiser until her abrupt termination in mid-December 2015, Garcia claims she was routinely harassed by her co-workers because of her physical and mental disabilities, and her race, sex, and age.
Among other things, her supervisors denied her advancements and promotions and others made unfounded complaints about her work, the complaint states.
Kaiser also refused to continue covering her healthcare costs while she was away on pregnancy leave, denied her equal pay, and fired her though she was willing and able to perform all her duties, according to the complaint.
She seeks back pay, reimbursement for medical and related expenses and loss of earnings, and compensatory and exemplary damages.
She is represented by Michael Reed of Alamo.