Planned Parenthood Fires Disabled Staffer, Must Pay Damages

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 2, 2012   |   12:19PM   |   Olympia, WA

A Washington state Planned Parenthood abortion business has been ordered to pay damages to a disabled former staff that it fired because her disability. Planned Parenthood of Central Washington has been ordered to pay Shannon Sharp more than $106,000 in damages after terminating her employment.

The Tri-City Herald newspaper reports Benton County Superior Court required the abortion business to pay Sharp $86,000 for back wages and $20,000 for emotional distress. Also, Karl Eastlund, the organization’s CEO, was ordered to pay Sharp $30,000 as well for the emotional distress he caused her.

Sharp waged an eight-year battle against her former employer that culminated in a jury verdict in her favor in late June. Her lawsuit claimed that Planned Parenthood fired her from her job as a regional manager after she was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in her neck and back that required ongoing medical treatment.

Her neck and back pain sometimes made Sharp unable to perform all of her job functions, and her lawsuit alleged that Planned Parenthood fired her rather than provide reasonable accommodations, court documents said.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business claims it fired Sharp because of performance issues but documents Sharp’s attorneys filed on her behalf in court indicate she had never had a negative performance review or any official reprimand for any performance issues.

Eastlund was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho in November 2011. He joined the abortion giant in 2003 as the Chief Financial Officer and quickly became the organizations Chief Operating Officer. A 2009 990 Planned Parenthood of Central Washington filed showed he made $100,648 plus bonuses and retirement that totaled more than $114,000.



Earlier this year, a video surfaced showing Eastlund admitting the abortion company has “an image problem” and this discrimination against an employee won’t help it.