ST. LOUIS — A former case manager is suing a nonprofit agency, citing alleged violation of human rights.

Cathy Orler filed a complaint in the St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court against MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries, Renee Timmins, Allysia Long, Mark Arens and Philesa Croom-White alleging the defendants violated the Missouri Human Rights Act, Workers' Compensation Law and the Missouri Minimum Wage Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 2014, she was hired by the defendants with the defendants' full knowledge of her pain medications and inability to perform services outside of her office. Despite her pain medications, plaintiff completed her necessary tasks, with outside job visits requiring her to drive that were not included in her written job description. The plaintiff claims she was also required to remove snow and ice in front of her office building that left her injured, requiring her to file a workers' compensation claim. After she was cleared of the injury, the plaintiff was denied her return to work and was terminated Oct. 21, 2015. 

The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly failed to accommodate the plaintiff's disabilities during her time of employment, discriminated and terminated her because of her disability and failed to pay wages, including earned vacation time, upon her termination.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount of at least $1,562.40 for remaining wages, plus costs and further relief the court deems just and proper. She is represented by Kevin J. Kasper and Ryan P. Schellert of Kasper Law Firm LLC in St. Charles.

St. Louis 22nd Judicial Circuit Court case number 1722-CC09834

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