By: Rob Harris
According to a published report, Melissa Conde has filed suit against Pennsylvania’s Huntsville Golf Club, in which she asserts that “she was fired …after getting into an argument with a co-worker who alleged Conde used ‘F bombs’ and threatened to kill her during an event for dozens of physicians.”
While some of you may think that such conduct would in fact constitute adequate grounds for termination, Ms. Conde claims that her firing was really in retaliation for her challenging unlawful conduct by the club and its employees.
According to Ms. Conde, the club consistently asked her to work on Sundays, notwithstanding that she was a churchgoer Who, after services, “spent the rest of the day to reflect in prayer.”
In addition to her claim of religious discrimination, Ms. Conde’s complaint alleges that the club failed to expel a member after he “grazed Conde’s breast and said she looked like she would ‘qualify’ to work at his strip club.”
Employment litigation is an area fertile with factual disputes about the circumstances surrounding employment and discharge, and it appears as though Ms. Conde’s suit against Huntsville Golf Club fits this profile. Stay tuned for an answering statement from the club that likely will paint a different picture than that of Ms. Conde’s complaint.