Fresno Madera Farm Credit alleged to have failed to accommodate former employee's needs to care for son

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 31, 2018

FRESNO – A woman alleges she was terminated from her job with a bank because of her need to care for her disabled child.

FRESNO – A woman alleges she was terminated from her job with a bank because of her need to care for her disabled child.

Mayra Garcia-Ceja filed a complaint on July 6 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Fresno Madera Farm Credit and Fresno-Madera Federal Land Bank Association alleging discrimination and failure to accommodate.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff was employed by the defendants for 16 years. She alleges in 2012, her son was born and he was diagnosed with autism in 2015. She alleges she requested accommodation with the defendants to work part-time to care for her son's needs. The suit states this request was denied and she was made to use leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.

The suit states the plaintiff was subjected to retaliatory acts and terminated in January 2018 on the pretext of poor performance.

The plaintiff holds Fresno Madera Farm Credit and Fresno-Madera Federal Land Bank Association responsible because the defendants allegedly refused to continue reasonable accommodation and further refused any good faith interactive process and retaliated against her for her request for accommodation/leave by terminating her employment.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against defendants for special, general, and punitive damages; attorney's fees; civil penalties; interest; costs of suit and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Todd B. Barsotti of Todd B. Barsotti APLC in Fresno.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 18-CECG-02430

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