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EEOC files lawsuit against nonprofit group for illegal firing

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According to the Aberdeen News, a lawsuit has been filed against a nonprofit organization in the South Dakota town, which claims the group illegally fired an employee.

The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and alleges the Area IV Senior Citizens Planning Council fired Eileen Job in 2008 because she had cancer. Reportedly, Job attempted to return to her job after undergoing surgery for colon cancer. However, the company terminated her when she did so. She had worked at the organization as a kitchen assistant.

The EEOC claims in its suit that Area IV fired Job due to potential symptoms that may result from her chemotherapy treatments. As a result, the EEOC is seeking back pay and damages for Job as well as restricting any future discrimination from taking place.

The case highlight the importance of adhering to industry regulations and proper business practices, lest an expensive lawsuit arise citing professional liability.

Such failures can include discrimination, sexual harassment or unlawful termination. 

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