SAN FRANCISCO — A Berkeley woman is suing Met Life, alleging breach of contract and violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Sharon Johnson filed a complaint Sept. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, alleging the defendant wrongfully denied the plaintiff's claim for disability benefits.

According to the complaint, Johnson became disabled due to several medical conditions including being injured in an auto accident, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid cancer. The suit says Johnson applied for benefits but was denied. 

The plaintiff alleges Metropolitan Life wrongfully denied her benefits despite Johnson being disabled according to the terms of the insurance plan.

Johnson seeks to order the defendant to pay benefits due the plaintiff, interest, reinstatement to the plan, legal fees and all other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by attorneys Cassie Springer Ayeni of Springer Ayeni in Oakland.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:17-cv-05352-EDL

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