Woman awarded $1M in discrimination lawsuit against California hospital

A jury awarded a former employee of Camarillo, Calif.-based St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital $1.03 million in a discrimination lawsuit, according to a Ventura County Star report.

Virginia Hoover, who worked as a radiologic technologist at the hospital, alleges she was discriminated against after injuring herself moving medical equipment at work, according to the report.

She had lifting restrictions due to the injury, but the hospital did not appropriately accommodate her and terminated her employment in 2014, she said.

Attorneys representing the hospital argued that it gave Ms. Hoover a leave of absence and made efforts to help her return to work, according to the Star. But attorneys said the hospital decided Ms. Hoover was not able to perform her job duties.  

The award to Ms. Hoover includes payments for lost earnings due to the firing and emotional distress.

The hospital said it is considering an appeal of the decision.

 

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