The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Britthaven, Inc. and its successor, Principle Long Term, Inc., operators of a nursing and rehabilitation center in Henderson, North Carolina.
The EEOC claims that former employee Nicky Thomas, who worked as a cook at the rehabilitation center, was unlawfully discharged after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing surgery to treat her breast cancer and being on medical leave for one month, her doctor told her that she would need another month of medical leave.
According to the EEOC, the company informed Thomas that her request for additional medical leave was being denied and that she was being terminated for failing to report to work.
Britthaven, Inc. operated a nursing and rehabilitation center known as “Britthaven of Henderson” until December 2010, when the business was transferred to Principle Long Term, Inc. and the name of the facility was changed to “Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.”