California employers need to be aware that the law of this state requires them to take reasonable steps to accommodate employees with disabilities and medical conditions so that they have the same access to employment as anyone else.
LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) November 22, 2019
A former Pharmacist for Torrance, California-based Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care has filed a disability harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the company. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 19STCV41854). Among other things, plaintiff Dr. John L. Bowie alleges that, following a humiliating and degrading campaign of retaliation and harassment, he was fired for being a disabled stage IV cancer survivor. The filing was announced today by the Los Angeles law firm of Helmer Friedman LLP.
Dr. Bowie, a Pharmacist with the company, alleges that the company and some of its employees relentlessly bullied and harassed him after learning that he was a survivor of colon cancer with digestive disabilities.
Dr. Bowie’s Complaint For Damages alleges that he repeatedly asked the company to provide him a reasonable accommodation for his disability and to address the severe harassment he was experiencing. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, rather than taking remedial action or accommodating him, the company abruptly fired him just days after his most recent request for accommodation and help.
The lawsuit also alleges that Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care fired Dr. Bowie because he made complaints to the company that it was allegedly not complying with various guidelines to ensure the safety and efficacy of the prescription drugs that it was compounding and that the company was allegedly sending out prescriptions for large amounts of IV diphenhydramine.
Commenting about the lawsuit, Andrew H. Friedman, founding partner of Helmer Friedman LLP, stated: “California employers need to be aware that the law of this state requires them to take reasonable steps to accommodate employees with disabilities and medical conditions so that they have the same access to employment as anyone else.”
Helmer Friedman LLP is seeking witnesses who may be aware of the manner in which Pharmaco, Inc. and Premier Infusion Care treated Dr. Bowie and/or other employees with disabilities.
A copy of the complaint is available at helmerfriedman.com.
For more information or to provide Dr. Bowie's counsel with information, please contact Andrew H. Friedman or Taylor Markey at (310) 396-7714.