Hospital in $35K Settlement With EEOC Over Refusing Accommodation to Nurse With Seizures

An Arkansas hospital is $35,000 out of pocket for its alleged refusal to accommodate a nurse’s disability following a seizure.

That’s how much it is costing Physicians’ Specialty Hospital, a physician-owned hospital in Fayetteville, Ark., to settle an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the EEOC, the nurse requested to move to another position that did not involve direct patient care, or, in the alternative, a leave of absence until she could resume her nursing duties. Instead of providing the accommodations, the hospital fired her a few days later.

Ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to succeed in the workplace is central to the ADA,” said Faye A. Williams, regional attorney of EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee, and portions of Mississippi. “EEOC remains committed to fighting disability discrimination.”

The settlement was announced on Tuesday.

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