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Disabled worker sues Treasure Chest Casino, alleging ADA violations

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 18, 2015

A disabled Texas woman is suing her former employer, alleging discriminatory termination in regard to her job loss.

Patricia J. Underwood filed a lawsuit against Aug. 14 in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana against Treasure Chest Casino, alleging infringement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in regard to her 2014 termination.

According to the complaint, Underwood, who was employed by Treasure Chest Casino, suffers from disabling health conditions. The suit states she informed her supervisors of her condition and filed a request for reasonable accommodations with them.

The lawsuit states Underwood’s doctor provided documentation for the plaintiff to take extended medical leave and obtain accommodations Sept. 15, 2014. According to the suit, instead of providing reasonable accommodations so that Underwood could continue to perform her job, Treasure Chest terminated her because of her disabilities.

The plaintiff subsequently filed a charge of discrimination with the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights and the EEOC. She alleges medical and psychiatric bills, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and depression, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress as a direct and proximate result of the defendant’s alleged ADA violations.

Underwood seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, back and front pay with benefits, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, expenses and court costs. She is represented by attorney Danatus N. King of Danatus N. King & Associates in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-03482-SSV-JCW.

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