Employee accuses health care facility of disability discrimination

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 1, 2017

HUNTINGTON — A Cabell County office assistant is suing a health care facility, alleging wrongful termination and disability discrimination.

Crystal Phillips filed a complaint Feb. 10 in Cabell County Circuit Court against Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc. alleging violation of the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

According to the complaint, in November 2015, Phillips was placed on medical leave for neck surgery and was off work on approved medical leave for 12 weeks. When she returned to work, the suit says, she was terminated from her employment. 

As a result, the lawsuit states, Phillips suffered lost of income and benefits, humiliation and emotional distress. The plaintiff alleges holds Prestera Center terminated Phillips because of her disability even though she is able and competent to perform the services required.

Phillips seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages including lost wages and benefits, front pay, attorney fees and court costs, pre-judgment interest and such appropriate relief. She is represented by attorney Richard W. Walters of Shaffer and Shaffer, PLLC in Charleston.

Cabell County Circuit Court Case number 17-C-81

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