Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jackson Woman Files Suit Against Michels Corporation Alleging Disability Discrimination

Lynne Kossow of Jackson, WI told her bosses at major construction firm, Michels Corporation, in May 2009 that she had relapsed into alcoholism after 14 years of sobriety and would immediately seek treatment. Michels then wanted access to her medical records and at the advice of hospital staff and her treating physician, Kossow said, she signed releases giving Michels Corporation's employee assistance program broad access to her medical records. She was then fired in June 2009 which prompted her to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) which found reasonable cause that Michels had violated the ADA by seeking an overly broad medical records release, and retaliated against Kossow for initially opposing the request of therapy notes.

Kossow has filed a claim in federal court with the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee seeking compensatory and punitive damages from Michels, based in Brownsville. For more, here is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the suit.

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