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October 24, 2014, 5:16 am
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Woman Fired For Medical Condition Sues Former Employer


A local woman has filed suit against her former employer, claiming the company unfairly fired her over a medical condition that caused her to occasionally fall asleep on the job. WLDS Radio in Jacksonville reports Rosemary Garman is suing Health Care Services Corporation under provisions of the Illinois Human Rights Act.

 

According to the suit, Garman suffers from a Vitamin D deficiency and an underactive thyroid, causing her to be drowsy and occasionally fall asleep at her desk. The suit says she sought a “reasonable accommodation” that would allow her to work around those times when her condition caused her to fall asleep, but contends the company fired her without discussing ways to accommodate her condition. Garman had worked there for nine-and-a-half years when she was fired in April of 2011.

 

Springfield attorney John Baker is handling the case on behalf of Garman.

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