Partner Rodney Diggs and Associate Marie Maurice obtained a six-figure settlement on behalf of an accountant who was subjected to disability discrimination, age discrimination, harassment and was wrongfully terminated after working at a university for 38 years.
The plaintiff sustained injuries to her hands, fingers, forearms, neck and back after she fell in the university’s restroom. She also suffered from osteoarthritis, a finger deformity and finger cysts. The plaintiff’s supervisor refused her request for reasonable accommodations, including asking to be assigned an office assistant to help with completing tasks. Instead, the supervisor assigned the office assistant to another employee who did not have any disabilities.
The plaintiff’s supervisor also refused to approve FMLA/CFRA leave for the plaintiff so she could care for her elderly mother, and instead, interfered with plaintiff’s ability to take leave by assigning her tasks with difficult deadlines. In addition, the plaintiff’s supervisor would comment on her disability and age, often times harassing and humiliating her in front of coworkers. Despite the hostile work environment, plaintiff successfully completed all tasks assigned to her.
After the plaintiff informed her supervisor that she needed time off for surgery on both of her hands because of her condition, she was terminated.