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ARTICLE ID 194591

– Disability discrimination – Violation of Americans with Disabilities Act – Wrongful termination – Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to accommodate her disability and terminated her employment

USDC, District of Connecticut

In this matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant refused to give her accommodations in violation of federal law for her disability of skin cancer. The defendant denied any wrongdoing or discrimination, and maintained that the plaintiff quit and was not terminated.

The 49-year-old female plaintiff was employed by the defendant restaurant as a head chef since April ________, and worked in a seasonal capacity. The plaintiff was diagnosed with skin cancer in ________, and maintained that when she attempted to change schedules with another chef to accommodate a medical appointment, the defendant’s owner became irate with the plaintiff and made comments to the effect that he was, "Tired of dealing with her cancer and health issues," and contended that he was "done with her." The plaintiff left the building and claimed that she was terminated solely due to her disability, and therefore, the defendant violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant alleging disability discrimination and wrongful termination.

The defendant denied any wrongdoing, and maintained that it did not discriminate against the plaintiff as a result of her disability. The defendant argued that the plaintiff voluntarily quit and left her job.

The matter proceeded to trial.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff. The jury determined that the defendant did not wrongfully terminate the plaintiff’s employment. No damages were awarded.

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