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Children’s Hospital and Research Center has agreed to pay $300,000 to a former worker who was terminated because she required medical leave beyond the facility’s six-month policy.

The woman began working in the endocrinology department in March 2009. In December 2011, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Upfront, she requested two months of leave which the hospital granted. However, when she required additional leave, due to more treatment, she was fired.

In July 2012, managers told the worker she looked “fragile,” despite the fact that her doctor stated she could return to work in September of the same year.

According to a release by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that obtained the money on the worker’s behalf, she is happy with the outcome. The woman said:

“With this breast cancer, I was devastated by the loss of my job and my health insurance. I am happy that Children’s Hospital has changed its policy to allow extended leave for employees suffering from serious medical conditions.”

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