Woman claims Verizon discriminated against her

By Cara Bailey | Oct 31, 2007

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

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