WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (CN) - A worker says his company fired him after approving his request for medical leave to donate a kidney to his dying aunt. The man says he was fired after 10 years on the job.
Michael Coe says the Human Resources department at Carolina Commercial Heat Treating told him "there would be no problem in taking off the time necessary" and gave him the Family and Medical Leave Act papers to fill out and return.
But a month later, Coe says, he was called into the plant manager's office and told he was being fired for going out on sick leave.
Three days later he underwent surgery to donate the kidney to his aunt.
He seeks punitive damages for wrongful discharge and FMLA violations.
He is represented in Forsyth County Court by B. Ervin Brown II of Winston Salem.