A longtime employee at Community Hospitals of Central California, who was recovering from a bout of “long haul” COVID-19, says she was fired by her employer for missing too many days of work.

Kathleen Hamada, a 33-year clinical lab scientist for the medical center, filed a lawsuit Monday in Fresno County Superior Court accusing her former employer of discrimination based on disability, retaliation in violation of medical leave laws, wrongful termination and other charges.

Michelle Von Tersch, senior vice president of communications & legislative affairs for Community Medical Centers, said that while she can’t comment on pending litigation, she said “patient care and employee well-being is our highest priority.”

Read more in the Fresno Bee