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A Kaiser employee says he was fired because of attendance problems tied to sickle cell anemia.

In 2004, according to the complaint, the defendants fired the plaintiff for attendance issues related to his sickle cell anemia. The plaintiff was reinstated after filing a discrimination complaint with the EEOC, but the defendants continued to issue discipline for absences related to his disabling condition.

The defendants eventually disregarded their progressive discipline system and forced the plaintiff to either resign or enter a last chance agreement, according to the complaint. The plaintiff agreed to the last chance agreement, but the defendants fired him one week later when defendant Kaiser's Chief of Occupational Medicine deemed him unfit for work after a five-minute examination. Paid Download

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