ORLANDO — A former employee is suing the Orange Lake Country Club alleging violations of the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (FCRA) and retaliation.

Melissa Powell filed a complaint on Jan. 3 in the Orange Circuit Court against Orange Lake Country Club Inc., doing business as Orange Lake Resorts, alleging that the Florida corporation breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on January 3, 2014 she was subjected to excessive scrutiny, harassment and retaliation by her supervisors and co-workers, and was eventually terminated on pretextual grounds, due to plaintiff's objection to unlawful employment practices she was being subjected to. 

The plaintiff holds Orange Lake Country Club responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide reasonable accommodation of the plaintiff's medical issues in the workplace and violated the FCRA by interfering with plaintiff's exercise of rights guaranteed to her.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury; and seeks judgment against defendant, awarding off back pay, front pay, compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys' fees, costs of action, and other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Jill S. Schwartz and Kimberly D. Webb of Jill S. Schwartz & Associates PA in Winter Park, Florida.

Orange Circuit Court case number 18-CA-115

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