Teledyne, security firm sued

August 20, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro woman with cerebral palsy is suing Teledyne Specialty Equipment Landis Machine and its security company, claiming she was fired because of her disability.

Cynthia L. Bowman, of Mount Vernon Terrace Apartments, filed the lawsuit last week in Franklin County Court claiming a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

She is seeking damages for back pay and benefits.

Teledyne officials declined to comment.

In the lawsuit, Bowman claims she was placed on medical suspension and then fired in March 1996 when her employer, Security Guards Inc. of Wyomissing, Pa., learned of her disability.


Bowman worked as a security guard for two years at Landis in Waynesboro for two security companies before Security Guards Inc. took over.

The lawsuit says that when she joined the company, she notified them of the medications she takes to control seizures due to the cerebral palsy.

According to the lawsuit, Bowman also had letters from her doctor that stated she had never suffered any serious injuries from seizures while on the job.

Four months later, when Bowman requested forms to begin health care coverage, she was told that she was put on medical suspension without pay, the lawsuit alleges.

According to the complaint, Bowman says she was told not to report back to work until more information was obtained about her medical condition.

Company officials documented their concern for Bowman's safety and fired her eight days later, the lawsuit states.

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