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Chemo treatments? Grant the leave request

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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.

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