A veteran nurse in a Tampa Bay-area hospital had been using a walking cane without incident for about two years when the hospital decided that she could no longer use it because, it said, the cane was unsafe and could be used as a weapon.
A hospital official told her that if she wanted to continue working, she would have to compete for a new position within the health care system. The hospital then terminated her within 30 days of revoking her use of the cane, when she was not hired for an advertised position.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the hospital on the woman’s behalf.