Sibley hospital settles discrimination lawsuit

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa hospital will pay a woman $75,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit after she was denied a job because she has cerebral palsy.

As part of the court settlement Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley must adopt and distribute to employees a policy prohibiting discrimination, must train employees, and report regularly to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Court documents say the EEOC filed a lawsuit in 2012 claiming the hospital's day care program, Bright Beginnings, discriminated against Jodene Kruse in 2007 by failing to hire her "out of an unfounded fear that her disability meant she could not safely care for the children."

The EEOC says Kruse volunteered at the day care center and worked as bus driver.

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