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Lynn Valentino vs. Wickliffe City School District Board of Education and Susan M. Haffey, Treasurer

Lynn Valentino vs. Wickliffe City School District Board of Education and Susan M. Haffey, Treasurer

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Case:1:11-cv-02402-JGDoc#:1Filed:11/071111of9.PagelD#:1
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTNORTHERNDISTRICTOFOHIOEASTERNDIVISIONLYNNVALENTINO)CASENO.13363CavesRoad)Chesterland,OH44026)JUDGE
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Plaintiff,)
PLAINTIFF'SCOMPLAINT
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vs.)
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WICKLIFFECITYSCHOOLDISTRICT)(JuryDemandEndorsedHereon)BOARDOFEDUCATION)2221RockefellerRoad)Wickliffe,OH44092)
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and)
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SUSANM.HAFFEY)Treasurer,WickliffeCitySchoolsBoardofEducation)2221RockefellerRoad)Wickliffe,OH44092)
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Defendants.)Plaintiff,LynnValentino,byandthroughcounsel,forherComplaintagainstDefendants,WickliffeCitySchoolsBoardofEducation(flWCSBOE")andTreasurerSusanHaffey,statesandallegesthefollowing:
PARTIES
1.Atalltimesrelevantherein,PlaintiffhasbeenacitizenoftheUnitedStateswhowasemployedbyWCSBOEasabusdriver..2.Atallrelevanttimesherein,Plaintiffwasan"eligibleemployee"withinthemeaningoftheFamilyMedicalLeaveAct,29U.S.c.
§§
2601
etseq.
(flFMLA").
 
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3.Atalltimesrelevantherein,DefendantsconductedactivityinLakeCounty,Ohio.4.TheBoardofEducationisthe"appointingauthority"forWickliffeCitySchoolsasdefinedinOhioRevisedCode124.01(D). 5.SusanHaffeyisanamedDefendantinthiscaseinhercapacityasTreasurerofWCSBOE.6.Defendantsare"employers"withinthemeaningoftheFMLAandOhioRevisedCode("O.R.e.")
§
4112.7.Defendantsparticipatedinand/orapprovedtheunlawfulactionstakenagainstPlaintiffasdescribedhereinbelow.
VENUEANDJURISDICTION
8.VenueproperlyliesintheNorthernDistrictofOhio,EasternDivision,pursuantto28U.S.e.
§
1391(b),becausePlaintiffwasemployedinthisDistrictandDivisioninLakeCounty,Ohio,andasubstantialamount,ifnotall,oftheconductgivingrisetoherclaimsoccurredwithinthisDistrictandDivision.9.ThisCourthasoriginaljurisdictionoverPlaintiff'sFMLAclaimspursuantto28U.S.e.
§
1331.10.ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionoverPlaintiff'sO.R.e.
§
4112andinvasionofprivacyclaimspursuantto28U.s.e.
§
1367.
FACTUALBACKGROUND
11.InAugustof1999,PlaintiffwashiredbyWCSBOEtodriveaschoolbus.12.Duringherfirsteight(8)yearsofemploymentwithWCSBOE,Plaintiffworkedwithoutincidentandwithoutbeingsubjectedtoanyformaldiscipline.
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13.OnJune4,2007,Plaintiff'shusband,WayneValentino,whoalsoworkedfor WCSBOEandwhoseemploymenthadrecentlybeenterminatedwhileonFMLAleave,filedalawsuitagainstDefendantsinthisCourtfor,
interalia,
FMLAviolationsanddisabilitydiscrimination. 14.After,andasaresultof,WayneValentino'slawsuitandsubsequent reinstatementonJanuary18,2008,DefendantsbegansubjectingPlaintifftodisciplinaryactions,basedonnebulousandunsubstantiatedaccusationsforthingssuchas"staringatpeopleinanintimidatingway"and"notgettingalongwithcertainco-workers." 15.OnOctober8,2008,Defendants
again
terminatedWayneValentino'semployment,buthislawsuitremainedpendingagainstDefendants.16.WayneValentino'slawsuitwasaconstanttopicofconversationduringwork hoursforDefendantHaffeyandmanyotherWCSBOEemployees,suchasRodneyOlenchick (DirectorofTransportation)andLenFornash(ManagerofOperationsandSupportServices),whohadbeennamedasdefendantsinWayneValentino'slawsuitandwhowerealsodecision-makerswithrespecttoPlaintiffLynnValentino'semployment.17.OnNovember11,2010,Plaintiffs9-montholdgrandsonwashospitalizedand diagnosedwithleukemia.18.OnNovember15,2010,PlaintiffrequestedFMLAleavetoprovideday-to-day bedsidecareforhergrandsonduringhisextendedhospitalstay.19.OnDecember16,2010,WCSBOEapprovedPlaintiff'sFMLAleave,effective November15,2010. 20.DuringPlaintiff'sFMLAleave,DefendantHaffeyrequiredthatPlaintiffprovide
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