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Faced with explaining itself to a jury, hospital settles

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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 poor performance.

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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