WARNER ROBINS -- A Houston County woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Little League that alleges she was fired from her job because she had breast cancer.
The lawsuit, filed Oct. 10 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, claims Kristine Corzine was fired from her job at Little Leagues Southeastern Region office in Warner Robins on the same day she told her employer she had a lump in her breast.
The lawsuit states she was hired by Little League as a receptionist and file clerk in late 2010 and never received a negative review on her job performance until she was fired.
On July 5, 2011, the lawsuit states, Corzine went to a doctor and was told she had a lump in her breast and needed a mammogram. The next day she informed her supervisor of the issue and asked to leave work early to get the mammogram.
According to the lawsuit, rather than giving that permission, that afternoon Little Leagues human resources director in Williamsport, Pa., called her.
During the telephone conference, the HR director informed Ms. Corzine that she was being terminated because she had not shown she was a good fit for this organization, the lawsuit states. She was further told she had trouble multi-tasking, she did not get along well with other employees in the office, and that she was distracted by personal issues outside the office. None of these statements were true.
Corzine did in fact have breast cancer, the lawsuit states.
A Little League International official declined to discuss the lawsuit and the organization has not yet filed a response in court.
Little League International is aware of the lawsuit, Lance W. Van Auken, Little League International vice president of communications, said in an e-mail. As a matter of policy, however, we do not discuss personnel matters or pending legal matters with the media.
The lawsuit states Corzine has remained able to perform the job, and the firing was a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. It calls Little Leagues actions extreme and outrageous.
The lawsuit seeks a trial by jury and a judgment of compensatory damages and back pay with interest. It also seeks front pay, which is given in cases where reinstatement may not be practical, such as when an employers actions are considered so extreme that an amicable working relationship would not be possible.
She is being represented by Macon attorneys Thomas Richardson and J. Pope Langstaff of Chambless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Griggs.