Riverside Methodist Hospital Faces EEOC Suit Over Firing of Narcoleptic Employee

Riverside Methodist Hospital and parent OhioHealth, both based in Columbus, Ohio, are facing a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the hospital's termination of a narcoleptic employee.

The lawsuit alleges the hospital did not honor an employee's request to be reassigned to an open day shift position after she was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a violation of the American Disabilities Act.

The lawsuit further claims the hospital then placed the employee on medical leave and eventually terminated her because of her condition.

"It was flagrantly unfair as well as unlawful to ignore this employee's quite reasonable accommodation request and fire her instead," said EEOC Regional Attorney Debra Lawrence, in a news release.

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