TAMPA – A woman alleges she was wrongfully terminated by her Pinellas County employer after filing a complaint about treatment she received after taking a leave for surgery.
Darlene Reed filed a complaint on Aug. 3 in the Tampa Division for the Middle District of Florida against Van Dyk Mortgage Corp. alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April 10, 2015, she had surgery on her leg and took time off from work to recover. She alleges that when she returned five days later, her team leader reprimanded her for taking leave and threatened and insulted her. The suit states the plaintiff filed a complaint over this treatment with her human resources department. The plaintiff holds Van Dyk Mortgage Corp. responsible because the defendant allegedly terminated plaintiff's employment on May 6, 2015, after filing the formal complaint, which she alleges was in retaliation.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks back pay, liquidated damages, other monetary damages, equitable and declaratory relief, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Richard Celler of Richard Celler Legal PA in Davie.
Tampa Division for the Middle District of Florida
Case number 8:16-cv-02230-JSM-AEP