Wednesday, October 03, 2012

EEOC Sues Chicago Bank for Inflexible Medical Leave Policy

See this article from Crain's Chicago Business.  It begins:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a class-action lawsuit against BMO Harris Bank, alleging it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired four employees who'd exhausted their medical leave but could have returned to work weeks later with a little more flexibility.

In its complaint, the EEOC said it filed suit against BMO Harris after concluding a one-year negotiating period that began in August 2011 and ended without resolution. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 28 in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The complaint alleges that BMO Harris “has maintained an inflexible medical leave policy which does not provide for reasonable accommodation of qualified individuals with disabilities and which instead provides for termination of their employment.”

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