Michelle Keahey Dec. 20, 2013, 1:06pm

NEW ORLEANS - A Tangipahoa Parish woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was forced to resign due to a hostile work environment because of injuries she received in a car accident.

Michelle Calderone filed suit against Tarc on Dec. 17 in federal court in New Orleans.

Calderone was hired by the defendant in 2000 as a Program Coordinator and later, promoted to the position of Program Director. In December 2011, Calderone was injured in an automobile accident and had to take time off of work. According to the lawsuit, she realized her job was in jeopardy in April 2012 and received a release to return to work.  Calderone claims she returned to a hostile work environment and as a result, she tendered her resignation in November 2012.

The defendant is accused of violating the Family & Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

The defendant is also accused of violating the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for back pay, front pay, loss of earnings, attorney’s fees, and interest.

Calderone is represented by Thomas J. Hogan, Jr. of Hogan & Hogan in Hammond. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-06687

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