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4-pronged cane sparks an ADA lawsuit

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Seems like a reasonable accommodation: An employee with severe knee arthritis wants to use a four-pronged cane to perform her job on the factory floor. But one dental products manufacturer cited safety concerns and subsequently fired the woman after she ran out of company-provided leave. The U.S. Equal Employ­­ment Oppor­­­­tunity Commission sued the employer on her behalf and won an undisclosed settlement.

Lesson: It would be pretty difficult to convince a jury that a cane is an unreasonable accommodation in most cases.

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