Lawsuit filed against nonprofit for allegedly mistreating employee

Nonprofit allegedly assigned employee to a difficult customer, who then injured the employee

Lawsuit filed against nonprofit for allegedly mistreating employee

Non-Profits & Charities

By Lyle Adriano

Two women have filed a suit against a Jefferson City, MO nonprofit for supposedly mistreating an employee and an individual using the organization’s services.

The women were both former case workers with mental health program New Horizons Community Support Services. They alleged that, in 2013, the nonprofit’s officials assigned an African-American case worker to an individual with a history of violent case worker interactions. The lawsuit also noted that the individual in need of mental health services was also “a known racist.”

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Claimants alleged that New Horizons deliberately assigned an African-American case worker to the consumer as a way to deter the individual from using the nonprofit’s services again.

In one of their interactions, the consumer attacked the case worker, which led to the worker being hospitalized. The plaintiffs then filed a report on the officials who made the appointment, purporting mistreatment of the consumer and the employee. The claimants said that when the report was filed, they were both reprimanded and laid off.

ABC News reported that the plaintiffs have sued for court and attorney fees. They also filed the lawsuit seeking payment to “punish Defendant New Horizons and deter Defendant New Horizons and others from like conduct.”

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