A West Virginia woman has recently filed a lawsuit after she suffered a brain injury and was subsequently fired from her job. While the brain injury did not occur because of a work-related incident, the lawsuit claims she faced discrimination from her employer and co-workers because of her injury and difficulties related to the accident. Any type of discriminatory action against an injured or disabled person is always unacceptable in the workplace.
Specifically, the woman claims that she faced sex discrimination, harassment, emotional duress and a retaliatory firing from her former employer. She was originally injured in a car accident in which she suffered a diagnosed brain injury. After returning to work after her recovery, she claims that she was told she would be working as an hourly employee instead of a salaried employee. The West Virginia woman was also reportedly told that her work quality had declined significantly.
From her lawsuit, she is seeking damages and other financial recompense. While no details from her car accident have been listed, no one injured from an accident should face further hardship from discrimination of any kind. If her accident was caused by another driver, she has the right to seek compensation from a civil suit. Additionally, she is well within her rights to take legal action if her claims against her employer are valid.
When an individual is facing a complicated legal situation, it is usually best to have an evaluation to determine the best legal steps to take. A brain injury or disability from a car accident should never be grounds for employment termination. When a victim has suffered from an accident or because of another person, he or she does not have to suffer alone.
Source: The West Virginia Record, "Former employee accuses Beckley Pain Clinic of discrimination", Ben Hart, June 26, 2014