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When an employee demands extended leave

November 22, 2016 --

bullard-law2Bullard Law, Portland law firm

In the (fictional) mailbag today The Bullard Edge fields a question from Wendy, the HR Director at Mid-Town Medical Center. Wendy asks about an employee who is demanding an extended medical leave (seven months have been taken already). Although the employee is not cooperating, she has thrown out buzzy words: disability, reasonable accommodation, EEOC, and lawsuit. Wendy is concerned about these buzz words and wants to know what her options are. Here is Wendy’s question and our response (which includes an editorial regarding EEOC’s press release practices).

Wendy’s Question:

I am in a bit of an ADA pickle. This is one of those situations with all of the buzz words and no answers ~ unless you have an answer (and I hope you do).

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