The Raw Story:
"A Maine woman fired while recovering from major surgery necessary for cancer treatment has filed a civil-rights lawsuit against her employer, Bank of America, and seems to be winning. This week, a U.S. District Court Judge recommended denying a motion filed by Bank of America lawyers seeking summary judgment, which would have kept the suit from becoming a full trial.
Holly Swift of Owls Head, Maine, was on the mend from her surgery in late July 2006 when she was contacted by the bank and told that she was fired. Asked the cause of her dismissal, Bank of America told her simply, “job abandonment.” She was confused. Her physician had complied with all of the bank's requests for information about her ongoing limitations and reasons for being out of work. Not only were all her papers in order; Swift was within the 26 weeks short term disability leave allowed under bank policy."