By: Eugene Hollander
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Hollander Law Offices Files New Disability Discrimination Suit
Elisa Madonia was formerly employed by S 37 Management, Inc. as a Customer Service Representative. During the summer of 2013, her throat began to bother her. She had taken a few days leave with her employer’s permission. All that changed in mid-October last year. Madonia, unfortunately, was diagnosed with Stage III esophogeal cancer. Her oncologist sent a note to her employer regarding the diagnosis. Six days later, her employer fired her. They told her that if the health insurance carrier found out that she was working less than full time, then she would be responsible for paying her medical expenses. In an effort to pressure her to sign a release, which would have waived all of her employment claims, the employer told her that they would pay her COBRA premiums for seven months. They also demanded an immediate payment for the premium in order to continue her health insurance coverage. Madonia declined to execute the document, and retained The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander to represent her. On January 29, 2014, the law firm filed suit on Madonia’s behalf, alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and COBRA. CBS Channel 2 Chicago also covered the story.