According to the EEOC, Pittsburgh-based Lifecare Hospital showed a remarkable lack of compassion when it fired business manager Diana Altieri-Hand, who had cancer at the time.
When Altieri-Hand was diagnosed, she requested reasonable accommodations so she could undergo chemotherapy treatment. The hospital agreed and she returned to a light-duty assignment.
But then a hospital finance director decided she had to return to a schedule that exceeded her medical restrictions. According to her EEOC complaint, Altieri-Hand’s workload was increased, her assistant was transferred and she was subject to additional scrutiny. Eventually she was fired for .
The EEOC attempted to conciliate the problem, but the hospital refused to settle. Saner heads prevailed once hospital officials contemplated the prospect of a hospital justifying to a jury why it mistreated a cancer patient.
The hospital will pay $100,000 and train its supervisors about the ADA.
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