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It's not what you know, but who you know: Beware using medical costs as an employment factor

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Do some of your employees’ spouses or children have serious (and expensive) health troubles? It may be tempting to offer suggestions about less-costly treatments—or even to send that employee packing. But don’t do it. As this new ruling shows, it’s illegal to discriminate against employees based on their relationship with a disabled person …

Case in Point: Phillis Dewitt was a nurse manager at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. She was a rising star and received excellent evaluations. Her husband, Anthony, suffered from prostate cancer for several years.

The hospital, which was struggling financially, had a partially self-insured health care plan. Over a three-year period, the hospital was regularly notified of Anthony’s escalating medical costs.

At one point, a supervisor confronted Phillis about those high costs and suggested she consider “less expensive” hospice care over the current treat...(register to read more)

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