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Woman claims wrongful termination because of a medical condition

Allegations of wrongful termination can arise from many different circumstances. But the one thing that each case has in common, regardless if the case occurs in Michigan or anywhere else in the United States, is that the plaintiff feels that his or her employee rights were infringed upon. One more commonly hears about wrongful termination due to discrimination or sexual harassment, but not all cases are like that. In the case of a woman from West Virginia, she is claiming wrongful termination because she feels that her employer violated her human rights by not allowing her to take time off because of her medical condition.

The woman worked for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement for five years. In her second year of working there, she fell ill from an undiagnosed medical problem. Over a couple years, she saw various physicians, and she was eventually diagnosed with Crohn's disease and Colitis.

The woman claims that she provided proper medical excuses for each time she was out, and she also claims that she followed all the necessary procedures for sick leave when necessary. The plaintiff states that her employer progressively made it harder for her to take time off for her condition. She was even suspended on multiple occasions even when she had doctor's notes.

When one has been terminated for a situation that is out of one's control, it can be difficult emotionally, not to mention financially, for those in Michigan as well as the rest of the country. The woman also feels that by being terminated because of her medical condition, her human rights had been violated. If her wrongful termination suit is successful, she may be compensated for punitive damages, emotional distress and lost wages.

Source: The West Virginia Record, Woman sues DHHR, alleges wrongful termination, Kyla Asbury, Sept. 11, 2013

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