A woman is suing a company that says she has been fired for protesting in front of the White House.
The former employee says she was fired because she refused to stop working in a meeting with President Donald Trump.
She says she suffered emotional distress.
The case was filed in the Northern District of California by former employee Maria Kuzmin in 2015.
It is seeking damages for her wrongful termination and pain and suffering.
Maria Kukmin says she used her legal rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act to refuse to meet with the President at the Whitehouse in December 2017, as part of a protest against the administration’s health care reforms.
She said she was angry because she was told by the White Houses office that the healthcare reforms would lead to “death panels”.
She says that she was also asked to sign a form that said she did not want to work with the Trump administration.
But, she says, she did.
“I felt that I was no longer bound by any legal obligation to work for a company with which I disagreed,” she said.
“It was the last straw for me.”
Mr Trump had promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a candidate.
In December 2017 he announced a plan to end the ACA and replace it with a healthcare plan that would be more generous to people with pre-existing conditions.
The proposal was widely criticised, but the President had said he would not repeal the ACA.
Ms Kukunis lawsuit also alleges that the company was violating federal law by refusing to pay her for her time in the office.
The lawsuit was filed after Ms Kuzmine filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC investigates claims of discrimination based on disability.
A spokesperson for the WhiteHouse said: “The White House is committed to equal opportunity and equal treatment.
We have repeatedly stated that we have a robust and diverse workforce, and that we are committed to ensuring all Americans with disabilities are treated fairly and equally in the workplace.”
A spokesperson from the WhiteHOUSE said: We have made it a priority to ensure that all of our employees with disabilities have the opportunity to be represented by qualified and experienced individuals who can help them with their job.
“We are committed, and continue to work closely with EEOC on issues that impact our workforce.”
Ms Kuhn is suing for a total of $5.4 million.
She is asking for punitive damages for emotional distress, loss of wages and other compensatory damages, and punitive damages against the company.
She also wants unspecified damages for mental anguish and loss of earnings.
In January 2018, Ms Kulman was named as one of the top US tech workers by the Wall Street Journal.
She was also named as the top female software developer in the world.
The company she founded, Savage Services Corporation, says she left after she was asked to quit her job in April 2018 because she felt “uncomfortable with the way she was being treated”.
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of recent lawsuits alleging that Ms Kunis treatment was retaliated against.
The suit alleges that in January 2018 the company fired Ms Kune and that Ms Kanter was then told by a management team that she should “step down”.
Ms Kuren, who was a top executive at Savage Services, was fired in June 2018, according to her lawsuit.
The US Justice Department has said the company has “no evidence” that Ms Kahnle had been fired because of her disability.
Ms Kanner also has been named in a federal complaint, but a spokesperson said the lawsuit was not related to her employment.