7th Circuit Rejects Extended Medical Leaves of Absence as ADA Accommodation

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“You’re FIRED!” No, this post is not about a recent Trump rally; it’s about the end game to Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., in which an employer terminated an employee unable to return to work after the expiration of his 12-week FMLA leave.

The employee requested an additional two or three months of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA to recover from back surgery (a position endorsed by the EEOC). The employer refused the accommodation request and terminated the employee.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the employer acted well within its legal rights under the

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