ORLANDO — A Brevard County woman is suing a Holiday Inn facility, alleging retaliation and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Kendra Martino filed a lawsuit Nov. 2 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division against Sun Development & Management Corporation, doing business as Holiday Inn Titusville-Kennedy Space Center, alleging her former employer violated rights to family and medical leave.

According to the complaint, in February 2014, Martino began working for Holiday Inn as a housekeeper. On Aug, 8, 2015, the suit says, she suffered serious a health condition from a car accident.

The lawsuit states although the defendant approved Martino's request for FMLA leave, it refused to allow her to return to her prior position, thus effectively terminating her employment, which caused the plaintiff to suffer monetary damages. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendant retaliated against her for exercising her rights under FMLA by terminating her employment and refusing to rehire her.

Martino seeks trial by jury, an injunction restraining continued violation, compensation for lost wages, benefits and remuneration, reinstatement to a comparable position with back pay plus interest, pension rights and all benefits, front pay, damages, court costs, attorney fees and all relief the court deems just. She is represented by attorney Luis A. Cabassa of Wenzel Fenton Cabassa PA in Tampa.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division Case number 16-cv-01916

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