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  • Writer's pictureDavid Manes

Lack of Compassion for Personal Care Employee Allegedly Terminated for Having Cancer


Employee Files Lawsuit Against Rapps Senior Care LLC d/b/a Woodbridge Place for Disability Discrimination and Violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Michelle was hired as a Waitstaff employee around March of 2017. Even though she had both anal and lung cancer, she was still able to perform all the essential duties her job required of her with the assistance of reasonable accommodations – including intermittent time off from work to undergo and recover from medical treatment.

Around May 30th 2018, Michelle knew she would need to be out of work for between four to five days to undergo chemotherapy treatment. She provided a doctor’s note to her Director as she had routinely done before. However, on June 1st, while still recovering from treatment, Michelle received a call from her Supervisor. During the call, the Supervisor allegedly stated that “in the best interest of the company”, Michelle was being terminated.

Due to the timing of the request for time off and the termination, Michelle believes that she was terminated due to her cancer – and as cancer is defined as a disability by the ADA, Michelle believes she was terminated due to her disability.

Now as a client of KM&A, Michelle fights for her rights. KM&A challenges employers who fail to uphold the law and discriminate against employees like Michelle.

Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:18-cv-04415-WB.

Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC is an employment law firm with principal offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, serving all counties in Pennsylvania, focusing on employment law, business law, litigation, and civil issues. KM&A clients include employees, small businesses, parties in litigation, and people with a variety of legal issues.

For more information about this case, contact Attorney Jonathan Chase at 215-475-3504 or

NOTICE: All information contained in the statement comes from the Complaint which has been filed as a public record with the court. As dedicated civil rights attorneys, we strongly believe in the public value of telling our clients’ stories: violators can be held accountable, and other silent victims can feel empowered to stand up for their legal rights. Although we make every attempt to verify our clients’ claims, note that the defendant is expected to oppose our client’s position, and the court has not ruled one way or the other as of the date of this statement.

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