Richard Cohen, FisherBroyles Partner By Richard Cohen, FisherBroyles Partner


A physician-owned hospital in Arkansas was sued by the EEOC for refusing to accommodate a nurse who had a seizure.  She asked “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.”

The hospital’s reply?  “You’re fired!”

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To readers of this blog, the EEOC’s suit is no surprise; a regional director of the EEOC said last week (about a similar suit against a medical facility) that it is “ironic when a hospital, which is dedicated to caring for the health of its patients, ignores the medical concerns of an employee, refuses to even discuss providing a needed workplace modification, and instead fires him because of his disability.”

After this hospital just paid $35,000 to settle this case, what continues to surprise me is that medical and health professionals keep presenting such inviting targets for the EEOC.

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