Woman claims Verizon discriminated against her
Cara Bailey Oct. 31, 2007, 5:00pm
CHARLESTON - A Kanawha County woman has filed a suit against Verizon, claiming she was discriminated against and fired because of a disability.
Tina Glover-Howard filed a suit Oct. 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court against Verizon Communications and Christina Elswick.
Glover-Howard worked for Verizon from Aug. 24, 1979, to Nov. 1, 2005, when she was fired. She claims she was fired because of a handicap, which was not disclosed in the suit.
According to the suit, Glover-Howard is a qualified person with a disability, of which her employee was aware. However, the employer failed to provide the accommodations Glover-Howard needed.
In the two-count suit, Glover-Howard seeks compensatory damages for embarrassment, emotional distress and mental anguish, as well as punitive damages.
Attorney J. Michael Ranson is representing Glover-Howard. The case has been assigned to Judge Paul Zakaib.
Kanawha Circuit Court case number 07-C-2212