EDWARDSVILLE — A former U.S. Postal Service employee claims Apex Physical Therapy violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Jolene Cosper filed a complaint on Oct. 17 in Madison County Circuit Court against Janelle Dietrich and Apex Physical Therapy.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges Apex Physical Therapy and Dietrich reported to her employer that she was abusing her workers' compensation rights, which she claims violated HIPAA.

As a result, she claims she suffered serious damages, including loss of employment, loss of income, emotional distress and mental suffering.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants reported to her employer that she was abusing her workers' compensation rights.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in excess of $50,000, and for punitive damages in the amount of $50,000. She is represented by Ronald A. Roth of Roth Law Offices LLC in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-1442

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