A former employee at Kansas University Hospital filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging employment discrimination that led to her being fired.
Melinda Garcia, who is Hispanic, contends in the suit that she was subject to discrimination based on her nationality, race and mental health issues.
Garcia cited a variety of allegations related to how her former supervisor treated her between June 2011 and March 2012. Specifically, Garcia contends that she was treated poorly and that private information about her mental illness was shared with other staff members.
It was not immediately clear what position Garcia held at the hospital.
Garcia filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September, but the commission was "unable to conclude that the information obtained established violations," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says Garcia was fired, but when that occurred is unclear. She is seeking $158,000 in damages.
Jill Chadwick, a spokeswoman with KU Hospital, said because the case is ongoing, they couldn't yet speak to the allegations.
"However, I can tell you they are counter to the culture here at the University of Kansas Hospital," Chadwick said.