Asthma as a Disability

If you were a critical care hospital would you fire a nurse with cancer who asked for an accommodation to get chemotherapy?  Even if you had meritorious grounds, would you do it, given the stark appearance of an ADA violation, as well as the horrendous publicity?

We wrote about such a case in a post

16055715_sEquip for Equality, which is an “independent, private, not-for-profit organization designated by the governor in 1985 to implement the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System in Illinois,” has just announced that it has filed a lawsuit in Illinois against a hotel that fired a front desk clerk with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Just last week we repeated our warning that the EEOC is targeting disability discrimination in the health care industry. Maybe it is to make a clear point that even companies that service the disabled can discriminate.  Or maybe alleged disability discrimination in the health care field seems so egregious that the EEOC is engaging in good public relations.