Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck Files Disability Discrimination Case Against SCHOOLSFIRST CREDIT UNION
Employee rights firm Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck (ZHE) has filed suit against SchoolsFirst Credit Union after the Santa Ana-based bank fired a longtime employee for taking protected medical leave for kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Lucy Rosanna worked as an assistant manager in the bank’s consumer loans department from October 2012 until late last year. The complaint alleges that SchoolsFirst terminated Ms. Rosanna after she intermittently took Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave following her diagnoses of RA and kidney disease in 2014, despite the fact that she received consistently positive performance reviews throughout the duration of her employment. The complaint also alleges that SchoolsFirst failed to make reasonable accommodations for Ms. Rosanna’s medical conditions by denying her request to alter her work schedule to allow her to attend physical therapy appointments.
According to the complaint, after Ms. Rosanna began taking protected medical leave, a co-worker repeatedly undermined and complained about her to other colleagues, saying he “want[ed] that bitch fired.” Another senior manger in Ms. Rosanna’s department also began scheduling important meetings without her, and demanded that she work from 7 am. to 7:30 p.m. When Ms. Rosanna returned from protected FMLA and CFRA leave at the end of 2014, she was told — without explanation — that SchoolsFirst was severely limiting her authority. She was later switched to a different department from which she was eventually terminated, again despite stellar performance reviews and a recommendation from her manager that she receive a pay increase.
Ms. Rosanna was terminated a mere five days after notifying her manager of her need to take further protected leave for surgery in October 2015.
Rosanna v. SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is currently pending in Orange County Superior Court. ZHE attorneys Alreen Haeggquist and Aaron Olsen are representing Ms. Rosanna.
EMPLOYEES: If you have been the victim of disability discrimination or have been disciplined, retaliated against, or fired while on or after returning from protected FMLA or CFRA leave, click here to schedule a free consultation with the lawyers at Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck.