EEOC wins $53,000 over service dog snub

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An optician with an anxiety disorder was fired from her job after her re­quest to bring her service dog to work was denied. The dog alerted her to oncoming panic attacks, and could also do other tasks, such as retrieve small objects, retrieve her medical bag and guide her to an exit. 

The U.S. Equal Employ­­ment Opportunity Com­­mis­sion, which filed a lawsuit on the optician’s be­­half, won a $53,000 settlement. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects employees against such alleged conduct.

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