EDWARDSVILLE – A woman is suing
her former employer, alleging she was terminated after her employer found out she was pregnant.
Sarah Airhart filed the suit April 18
in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Rosewood Care Center Inc.
The plaintiff worked at the defendant's
location at 100 Rosewood Village Drive in St. Clair County until she was
allegedly terminated after her supervisors discovered she was pregnant,
according to the complaint. Airhart claims she could perform all functions
of her job.
As a result of the alleged
discrimination, the plaintiff claims she suffered emotional distress, mental
anguish, pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of
life, and other losses. She also alleges she will lose future earnings and
benefits and is entitled to recover for the loss.
According to the complaint, the
defendant knew it may have been violating federal law when it
discriminated against the plaintiff. As a result, Airhart is seeking punitive
damages. Further, because of the defendant's alleged
violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Airhart says she is entitled
to liquidated damages.
The plaintiff seeks a trial by jury and
judgment in excess of $50,000 for the three counts against the
defendant, and any other relief the court deems just and proper.
She is represented by Michael J.
Brunton and Mary M. Stewart of Brunton Law Offices PC in
St. Clair County Circuit Court case