Former Safelite AutoGlass manager Shelby Klein filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey against the company alleging her termination was a violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Safelite was successful in moving the case to the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.
After working almost 20 years for Safelite at the Absecon, N.J., location, Klein says she was terminated not long after taking maternity leave.
“Immediately after her pregnancy announcement, Sam Lock [operations manager] began to micromanage Klein’s store,” according to court documents. “Lock [also] began to decrease Klein’s job responsibilities.”
Klein says she told Lock she “felt he was treating her differently … and Lock suggested the change was due to ‘hormones,’” reads the court documents.
She says the managers did a “surprise inventory” check on her store. While one manager says she had done “good,” Klein says Lock told her the store was “in shambles.”
Klein worked until November 15, 2014, which is when she took maternity leave. She returned to the store February 18, 2015.
“On or about August 7, 2015, Lock informed Klein she was terminated from Safelite because her sales numbers for her store had ‘been down for the past seven years,’” according to court documents.
Her attorney says Klein took entitled leave as defined in FMLA and suffered an adverse employment action due to it.
Klein has asked the court for damages and attorney’s fees.
Safelite has asked the court for an extension until March 21, 2016 to respond.
“[W]e need to speak with certain personnel, obtain copies of documents, and review other materials. To date, we have been unable to obtain all necessary information, necessitating additional time,” said Safelite’s attorney.
To read Klein’s complaint, click here.