Nicole Sutton, a former employee of an Apple Computer Store in New York City, has filed suit against the company for perceived disability discrimination. The plaintiff is bringing her federal claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In her complaint, Ms. Sutton claims that she had undergone psychological treatment for a nervous disorder and had taken a company approved medical leave of absence. However, upon her return, she was the subject of in-store gossip, loss of her position - as it had been taken over by another employee, and being placed at a desk in the basement of the store with no work to do.
Ms. Sutton claims that although she was cleared to return to work and capable to perform her duties, Apple perceived her as disabled due to her hospitalization. Sutton is seeking back pay, front pay, and punitive damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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