SAN DIEGO – A San Diego County woman alleges she was terminated before she completed 10 years of service to a university so it would not have to pay her additional benefits.

Layla Suscavage filed a complaint on Jan. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against The Regents of the University of California and Does 1-10 alleging discrimination and interference with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act benefits.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in July 2016, she was constructively terminated from her employment by the defendants after 9.25 years of employment. The suit states she would have been entitled to additional and substantial retirement and health care benefits had she reached 10 years in service credits, however, this motivated defendants' actions so as not to pay for additional benefits. She also alleges she was paid less than her male counterparts.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, compensatory and special damages, restitution, costs of suit, attorneys’ fees, interest, reinstate plaintiff, injunctive relief, and further relief as the court may deem just. She is represented by William B. Sullivan, Eric K. Yaeckel and Clint S. Engelson of Sullivan Law Group APC in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case number 3:17-cv-00170

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