Hotel Fires Woman With Respiratory Disabilities
October 4, 2013 / Source: Equip for Equality
On October 3rd, Equip for Equality filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Paddle Wheel Inn for its discriminatory termination of Donna Colvin, an employee with disabilities who needed to use oxygen in the workplace. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division.
Ms. Colvin was a front desk clerk at the Paddle Wheel Inn for four years. She has asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and sleep apnea. As a result of these disabilities, her doctor recommended that she use oxygen at work. When Ms. Colvin told her employer about her doctor's recommendation, she was terminated.