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WRONGFUL DISCHARGE SUIT FILED AGAINST MEDICAL COLLEGE OF PENNSYLVANIA ON BEHALF OF FORMER EMPLOYEE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR OBESITY

 PHILADELPHIA, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A wrongful discharge suit was filed Tuesday, June 15, by the Philadelphia law firm of Lovitz & Gold, P.C., on behalf of Carol Williams, former Patient Care Coordinator for the Department of Sleep Disorders at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.
 Sidney L. Gold, Williams' attorney, alleges that she was terminated from her job on July 26, 1991, because of her obesity handicap, even though she performed all duties of her position, and consistently maintained a satisfactory job performance rating.
 "After Williams was terminated," Gold explained, "she learned from a former co-employee, Alice Parsons, that the firing was due to her physical handicap. Williams then filed a charge of handicap discrimination with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. But the Commission failed to effect voluntary compliance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, through conciliation, conference and persuasion.
 "The Medical College," Gold concluded, "willfully and unlawfully terminated Williams' employment, we allege, solely because of her handicap, thereby violating Title 43 P.S. S952(b) of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act."
 Williams is seeking reinstatement to her former position with full back pay, compensatory and punitive damages.
 For more information about this case, call Sidney L. Gold at 215-569-1999.
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 /CONTACT: Sidney L. Gold of Lovitz & Gold, 215-569-1999/


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