U.S. Home Depot sacks cancer-ridden cashier, loses lawsuit
By QMI Agency
A Home Depot in Maryland lost a $100,000 lawsuit after the store fired a longtime cashier while she was on unpaid leave to have a brain tumour removed.
Judy Henderson worked at the Baltimore store for 13 years and consistently scored high on performance evaluations, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
She left work when she got brain cancer, but the company didn't offer her any compensation, the EEOC said. Eventually, her supervisor demanded she update them about her medical status or risk being fired.
Henderson sent them her medical records right away, including the date she'd be medically released and able to come back to work, but was sacked anyway, according to the EEOC's statement.
Home Depot told her there just wasn't enough business to keep her employed, but hired new cashiers soon after firing her. The EEOC accused the company in court of disability discrimination.
The court agreed, ordering Home Depot to fork over $100,000 to Henderson, provide anti-discrimination training and refrain from denying compensation for medical problems in the future.
"Employers must give unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation unless they can prove it would be a significant cost or disruption to its business," Spencer H. Lewis, Jr., director of the EEOC's Philadelphia District Office, said in the statement. "It can be difficult for a major nationwide retailer the size of Home Depot to show how a few extra weeks of unpaid leave would be an undue hardship."
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