Consumer Law

EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Indiana Hospital for Alleged Disability Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced a suit it filed against Munster Medical Research Foundation, Inc., operators of Community Hospital, located in Munster, Indiana, for failing to accommodate an employee with a disability.

In its lawsuit, the EEOC charges that Community Hospital determined that the employee, a registered nurse, could not return to her job after a work injury resulted in lifting restrictions. The employee expressed interest in several jobs she could have performed with her lifting restrictions, but Community Hospital failed to transfer her to a vacant position for which she was qualified, the EEOC said. Community Hospital then terminated the injured employee because she could not return to her prior job, according to the lawsuit.

Such alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that employers reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities and includes reassignment to vacant positions as a possible accommodation.

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