The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against LifeCare Hospitals of Pittsburgh, a pioneer in caring for those with long-term acute illnesses, for turning its back on an employee who developed cancer.
According to the lawsuit, the hospital initially responded well when Diana Altieri-Hand, who had been the facility’s business manager, learned she had cancer. She was allowed to work part-time and work from home while she went through surgery and chemotherapy.
But in August 2007, a new supervisor demanded that Altieri-Hand return to work full time, and then subjected her to a hostile work environment, the lawsuit claims. It charges the hospital eventually fired Altieri-Hand and replaced her with two full-time assistants.