Employer Settles Breast Cancer Discrimination Case

Aug. 21, 2021 (Florida).   A large government employer this week agreed to settle our client’s discrimination case,  bringing a three-year battle to an end. Our client, who asked that her identity and the terms of settlement remain confidential, was beyond thrilled.  Her final text message to Jim Garrity:  “Attorney Garrity, You worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome on my behalf, and I can’t thank you enough. Again….thank you.”

A Case  That Was A Labor Of Love

After a routine breast mammogram, our client was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. A month later, she underwent a double mastectomy. The surgery required extensive removal of lymph nodes, muscles, nerves, and tissue.  For long afterwards, she continued to undergo additional cancer-related surgeries as part of her recovery. It was extremely painful. In the lawsuit Jim Garrity filed on her behalf, we alleged that our client’s supervisor made extraordinarily cruel remarks about her cancer and resulting physical limitations, and also assigned her tasks that we alleged were intended to inflict physical pain on our client. She was eventually fired on what we said were pretextual grounds.  Our strong view was that she was fired because her supervisors had simply grown tired of accommodating her disability.  We argued that when she didn’t quit because of the hostile environment, they cooked up grounds to fire her.

An Excellent and Heartwarming Resolution

The case wound up in federal court,  and was actively opposed by the agency where she worked, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).   After several rounds of court battles, and on the eve of trial, FDOE  agreed to settle her claims to avoid facing a jury.   Our client was absolutely thrilled, and relieved to put this horrible journey behind her – with a heaping dose of justice in her favor.

She Made a Difference. So Can You.

If you’ve experienced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in your workplace, please call us for a free, confidential consultation. It costs absolutely nothing to learn your rights, and we will talk to you for as long as it takes for you to fully understand your options, and the paths ahead. Email us at AskJim@JimGarrityLaw.com and we’ll quickly set up a free phone consultation with Jim Garrity.   That’s all it takes.

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