Former Meals on Wheels Ministry CEO alleges he was terminated shortly after requesting medical leave

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Jun 12, 2018

TYLER – A former chief executive officer of a Tyler nonprofit alleges he was terminated because he sought a medical leave.

TYLER – A former chief executive officer of a Tyler nonprofit alleges he was terminated because he sought a medical leave.

Michael P. Powell filed a complaint on May 29 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas against Meals on Wheels Ministry Inc. alleging that the nonprofit corporation violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Sept. 19, 2017, he was terminated after 28 years of service with the defendant. He alleges a few days prior on Sept. 15, he had provided notice that he intended to take a medical leave due to a serious medical condition.

The plaintiff holds Meals on Wheels Ministry Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly retaliated against him by terminating his employment for exercising his FMLA rights.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks actual damages, liquidated damages, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, costs and such other and further relief both lawful and equitable. He is represented by William S. Hommel Jr. of Hommel Law Firm in Tyler.

Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 6:18-cv-00240

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