This is probably one case where the adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity doesn’t hold true.
According to its web site, Colorado Sports and Spine Centers (CSSC) in Colorado Springs is southern Colorado’s “first and most comprehensive rehabilitation network,” existing “to help each person achieve his or her highest level of function and independence.”
Yet the center has just agreed to pay $137,500 to settle a discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC on behalf of former employee Kristina Siebert. The CSSC fired Siebert after she took time off to be fitted for hearing aids.
Note: Firing an employee after she takes health-related leave is an invitation to appear in court.
- Use hotline records to nail down complaints
- Memo to managers: There's no reason to discuss why employee was terminated
- 'Suspicion' not enough to win discrimination suit
- EEOC says it's legal to 'encourage' minorities to apply; but don't say you're 'seeking' them
- Employee wants transfer to avoid harassment? Be sure to note that she requested it