Ex-Planned Parenthood group worker sues over medical leave

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A former employee with a Planned Parenthood advocacy group is suing the organization, alleging that she was denied family medical leave after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

The Indianapolis Star reports Angela Brown’s federal lawsuit was filed Monday in Indianapolis against Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky. The group is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

Brown contends the advocacy group “intentionally and willfully discriminated against” her after her cancer diagnosis last year. That allegedly included rejecting her requests for family leave for biopsies she needed every three months.

Brown was fired this year. She’s seeking lost wages, punitive damages and reinstatement to her position, or front pay instead.

“Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) is committed to high quality health care for our patients and a safe and respectful work environment for our employees,” said Ali Slocum, Communications and Marketing Director of PPINK. “While we can’t comment on any pending litigation or personnel issues, we work diligently with our human resources and legal teams to follow all employment laws.”