A nurse, battling cancer, sought an accommodation that would allow her time off for chemotherapy treatments while remaining a full-time employee. The hospital refused and fired her, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The hospital agreed to settle the disability discrimination suit for $85,000. (EEOC v. Angel Medical Center Inc.)
The lesson: Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers must accommodate leave requests for disabled employees’ medical treatment.