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An employee of Ralphs Grocery Company, a subsidiary of The Kroger Company, has sued the company after being terminated allegedly for taking a medical leave due to breast cancer. The thirty-six year veteran employee alleges disability discrimination and wrongful termination.

In her thirty-six years of working at Ralphs, the plaintiff stated that she started out as a courtesy clerk. She was later promoted to a cashier, then performed the positions of self-check attendant and store greeter.

The lawsuit says that the plaintiff was diagnosed with breast cancer in February of 2013, while also suffering from a work-related knee injury. She started taking Thursdays off for chemotherapy and radiation treatments, then ended up having to take a medical leave due to her illness. While on medical leave, she sought financial assistance from Ralph’s Helping Hands Program. They apparently denied her request because did not meet the criteria for assistance.
The lawsuit says that Ralphs terminated her medical insurance while she was out on medical leave, which interfered with her necessary cancer treatments and examinations. Once she was medically released to return to work, her employment was terminated.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, including lost earnings, medical damages, damages for pain and suffering, and emotional distress damages.

Kroger has also been in the spotlight recently for allowing open-carry gun activists to parade through their stores.