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San Francisco, California -- John Muir Health, a health care system with hospitals and other medical facilities in California, has agreed to pay $340,000 (euro ??? 000) to eight health care workers and to implement preventative measures to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency has announced.
The Hospital management allegedly withdrew offers of jobs to the plaintiffs on the grounds of the results of latex allergy tets.
John Muir assumed that the eight workers had life-threatening latex allergies and could not safely work in a hospital setting. Subsequently, however, some of the workers were independently evaluated by board-certified allergists, who concluded that they did not have an allergy or sensitivity that would preclude them from working safely in hospital settings. All eventually continued to work in the health care profession, the EEOC said.
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Press release from US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)