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Unreasonable Request of Extended Paid Sick Leave

Thu, 05/29/2014

Hwang v. Kansas State University: Grace Hwang was given a six-month paid leave of absence by Kansas State University to seek cancer treatment. Following her doctor’s advice, she sought an extension for another semester, but the university had a policy allowing no more than six months for sick leave. Hwang sued the school for violating the Rehabilitation Act, but the District Court dismissed her complaint.


The Tenth Circuit affirmed the decision, concluding that reasonable accommodations for employees are “all about enabling employees to work, not to not work.”

Read the full decision here