Former chief operating officer alleges he was fired due to Crohn's disease

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 17, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County man is suing a medical staffing company, alleging disability discrimination and wrongful termination.

Michael Corvaia filed a complaint Oct. 4 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Elite Medical Staffing LLC and Southfield Capital Inc., alleging violation of the Florida Civil Rights and Disability Discrimination Act.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 24, 2016, Corvaia began his employment with Elite Medical Staffing as the chief operating officer and he received excellent performance reviews and excellent verbal feedback to his performance throughout his employment. 

However, the suit says, after Corvaia informed the defendants that he had Crohn's disease and was hospitalized for eight days, he was advised by the defendants to check his work email and saw that his employment was terminated. 

The plaintiff alleges Elite Medical Staffing and Southfield Capital failed to provide Corvaia reasonable accommodations for his disability by terminating his employment.

Corvaia seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, plus front and back pay with benefits, court costs, attorney fees and all other just and equitable relief. He is represented by attorneys Wil H. Florin, Parker Y. Florin and Taylor D. Roebig of Florin Roebig PA in Palm Harbor.

Pinellas County Circuit Court case number 18C6535

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