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National Guard member says hospital didn't protect job

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (MCT) - A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worker injured while training with the Army National Guard says in a lawsuit moved to federal court Wednesday that UPMC Shadyside didn't protect her job as the law requires.

Arquita Coleman worked for the hospital since May 2011 and was injured at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri in March 2013, the lawsuit says.

When she returned home, the hospital gave her light duty at the same pay from April 2013 through January but then laid her off when her doctor said she needed more time to heal, the lawsuit says. Coleman had to resign from her full-time position to take a part-time position so that she could continue to get paid, the lawsuit says.

UPMC spokeswoman Gloria Kreps said she couldn't discuss Coleman's claims.
"While we do not yet have all of the details regarding these allegations, UPMC has a firm commitment to supporting the employment of military service men and women," she said.

(c) 2014 The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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