Audrain Medical Center President and CEO David Neuendorf issued a statement Wednesday morning in response to a disability discrimination lawsuit against the hospital in Mexico, Mo.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that Cynthia Hodges was wrongfully terminated in 2009 after returning from sick leave. Attorney Barbara Seely says Hodges was on a 10 pound lifting restriction, and AMC authorities would not grant her the necessary six week, unpaid leave, leading to her termination.
Neuendorf had this to say:
“We were disappointed to learn of the recent disability discrimination suit filed by the EEOC against AMC.
It was unfortunate the employee in question was physically unable to perform the basic requirements of her job. At the time of her termination her restrictions could not be reasonably accommodated. It was not safe for her or our patients to allow her to return to work.
AMC complied with the law and followed its policies and procedures in this matter. We believe this suit is without merit and we look forward to the opportunity to defend our actions in a court of law.”
Hodges had worked for AMC as a nurse for 17 years before being fired.