Registered nurse alleges employers denied FMLA leave

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Nov 30, 2018

BECKLEY — A registered nurse is suing a Raleigh County hospital, alleging racial discrimination and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Philip Tolentino, who currently lives in Las Vegas, filed a complaint in Raleigh Circuit Court against Raleigh General Hospital and Conexus Medstaff LLC, alleging violation of state and federal law. 

According to the complaint, Conexus hired Tolentino as a registered nurse in September 2015. The suit says on May 8, 2018, he was terminated from his employment after requesting FMLA to spend time with a newborn. Tolentino says he has suffered loss of compensation, humiliation, emotional distress and mental anguish. 

The plaintiff alleges Raleigh General Hospital and Conexus Medstaff discriminated against him based on his national origin and retaliated against him by terminating his employment for exercising his FMLA rights.

Tolentino seeks trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees, court costs, interest and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorney Karl Kolenich of Klie Law Offices PLLC in Buckhannon.

Raleigh Circuit Court case number 18-C-449

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