The EEOC filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Baptist Health South Florida, a Miami-based hospital system.
The EEOC claims that Baptist Health discriminated against Dr. Lianette Campos-Sackley because of her epilepsy disability.
Dr. Campos-Sackley alleges that she informed Dr. Aizik Wolf, her supervisor at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, about her diability during her initial job interview, and that Dr. Wolf agreed to her need to limit her shifts to eight hours per day.
After Dr. Campos-Sackley was hired and began working, Dr. Wolf allegedly changed her work schedule and demanded that she work additional hours. These additional hours had a negative impact on Dr. Campos-Sackley’s health.
Dr. Campos-Sackley informed hospital management about her deteriorating health and asked for her work schedule to be adjusted, but her request was allegedly denied and she was fired several days later.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are required to make reasonable accommodations to employees’ and applicants’ disabilities as long as the accomodations do not harm the the employers’ business. The EEOC claims that Baptist Health’s refusal to accomodate Dr. Campos-Sackley’s disability was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
EEOC Miami District Director Malcolm Medley said, “When people are qualified and able to perform the essential functions required of their desired positions, they should not be ill-treated based on their disabilities or their requested accommodations.”