Lawsuit filed against NCOESC, therapist

P.T. Services Rehabilitation Inc. is suing North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and Jessica Heitman, a former P.T. Services employee.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in Seneca County Common Pleas Court, Heitman had been employed by P.T. Services as an occupational therapist until her sudden and unexpected resignation in July.

According to the lawsuit, P.T. Services and NCOESC had entered into a short-term services agreement in March, and it expired June 1.

The agreement had a non-solicitation clause, which stated the parties agreed not to engage for hire or contract for services any employee or former employee of the other party, unless agreed upon in writing, for 12 months from the date the agreement terminated or expired, according to the lawsuit.

It alleges NCOESC hired Heitman as an occupational therapist at Tiffin Family Learning Center a few days after her resignation from P.T. Services.

“Essentially, NCOESC hired Heitman to perform nearly identical duties at the very same location that she had performed them for P.T. Services,” the lawsuit states.

Heitman was observed providing occupational therapy services at Noble 4-5 in September, and P.T. Services has provided rehabilitation services to students there for many years, it states.

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff is to preside over the case.