Mitchell Pollack & Associates PLLC
Your Solution Starts With A Phone Call

NY employer refused to accommodate woman who donated a kidney

Imagine putting your own health on the line for your boss. Would you even do it? Many people wouldn't, but one New York woman felt compelled to help her boss, who was in need of a kidney transplant. If the woman donated a kidney to someone else, her boss would move closer to the top of the transplant list. The woman selflessly chose to help, but returned to work to face everything but gratitude. 

After the removal of her kidney, the woman experienced some complications that limited the type of work she could perform. She made two small requests of her employer: that she be able to use the bathroom whenever she needed to without asking permission, and that she not have to lift stacks of paper heavier than 10 pounds. Her employer refused to allow either. 

In addition to refusing to agree to her minor requests, the woman says her boss grew hostile toward her after the surgery, frequently criticizing her work. Eventually, the woman was fired. Although the company's attorney says the allegations are untrue and the woman was fired for being unproductive and disruptive, the woman believes her request for accommodations after the surgery triggered her termination.

Now, as any wrongfully terminated New York employee could do, the woman is suing her former employer for discrimination and violating the Americans with Disability Act. No one deserves to be discriminated against in their workplace for any reason. Fortunately, there are ways to hold negligent employers accountable for their unlawful actions.

Source: New York Daily News, "Long Island woman fired after donating kidney sues for discrimination," John Marzulli, June 27, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Ready To Resolve Your Legal Issues

You have a business to run. The team at Mitchell Pollack & Associates is ready to tackle your legal needs so you can focus on your responsibilities. Call 866-400-7388 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Tarrytown Office
150 White Plains Road
Suite 310
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Toll Free: 866-400-7388
Phone: 914-610-3418
Fax: 914-332-9191
Map & Directions

Mahwah Office
220 Franklin Turnpike
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Toll Free: 866-400-7388
Phone: 914-610-3418
Fax: 201-529-4400
Map & Directions