NEW YORK — A New York City woman is suing her former boss for millions of dollars after she was left paralyzed after a viral illness.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Maria Cruz said her former employer, a pharmaceutical company, failed to provide her with the proper health care for her chronic illness.
Her attorney, Brian Schreiber, told the judge Friday that the suit is part of a long-running dispute that has pitted the New York woman against her former doctor, who has long denied Cruz’s allegations.
Schreiber said that Cruz was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2006, but it was not diagnosed until 2015 and the illness was not treated until February.
He said the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court on behalf of Cruz and her family, is the first in which a former doctor is alleging financial harm.
The lawsuit alleges that Cruz’s employer, Biond Medical, has failed to pay her for years, even after her husband died of cancer in 2015, according to Schreib.
The suit said the company owes Cruz $13 million.
Schrifberger told the court that Cruz and a friend were walking home from a friend’s wedding in 2015 when Cruz fell and broke her right leg.
She suffered a severe setback in her work, and her employer failed to follow up on her request for additional treatment, he said.
Schmidt told the federal judge that Cruz had been a valued employee at Bionds since 2013 and was one of the few people on the company’s medical team.
He alleged that the company failed to properly pay her medical bills and has not paid her in full since March 2016.
Schlafly is the former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the nation’s largest health insurance agency.
He left the agency in December, after the agency began investigating the medical billing practices of several pharmaceutical companies.
The probe was prompted by a string of high-profile complaints about billing by the companies.
Schwably and his former employer have denied any wrongdoing.