According to Seacoast Online, a former employee at the Local Government Center recently filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming he was unlawfully fired.
The plaintiff was the LGC's former human resources director and had worked at the employer for 20 years. However, after taking a leave of absence protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, she alleges the employer used the time off "as a negative factor" in her termination soon after. The plaintiff claims LGC is guilty of "bad faith, malice or retaliation."
The 57-year-old ex-worker feels the LGC "took adverse employment action" against her because of her age and was discriminatory toward her when it failed to pay a similar severance package to that of former male employees.
The plaintiff also claims she has an unspecified disability that did not affect her work that the LGC used to discriminate against her. Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges the company unlawfully shared this information with others.
The case highlights several factors that companies of all sizes need to look out for, discrimination and invasion of privacy chief among them. Failure to adhere to industry regulations and codes of conduct can lead to expensive professional liability lawsuits.