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Pull up a chair … or a lawsuit

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Do some of your employees have medical conditions that require them to sit while others have to stand? Co-workers may gripe about unfair treatment if you provide a stool or chair for that worker. But a new court ruling shows why “unfair” actions are better than illegal ones …

Case in Point: Pearlie Talley worked as a store cashier for eight years. She suffered from arthritis, plus had a history of torn knee ligaments and heart surgery. Talley slipped on a waxed floor one day and injured her leg. She couldn’t stand for more than 15 minutes without extreme pain, so she started using a stool at her cashier post. Her manager took the stool away because co-workers were crying “unfair treatment.”

Eventually she brought in a doctor’s note verifying that she needed the stool as an accommodation to do her job. Her manager ignored the note. Instead, he insisted on having a meeting with her and the district manager to res...(register to read more)

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