Fired Army vet sues St. Clair Hospital, saying double nursing shifts triggered medical problems

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A registered nurse who suffered a foot injury while serving in the Army sued St. Clair Hospital today, alleging that demands that she work a double shift led to her firing.

Kelly A. Shearer, of Findlay, served in the Army in the 1990s, where she fractured her left foot jumping off of a tank, according to the lawsuit written by attorney Michael J. Bruzzese and filed in U.S. District Court. She was discharged for medical reasons in 1996, according to the lawsuit.

She was hired by St. Clair Hospital in 2011 as an emergency room nurse, according to the lawsuit. In November 2012, she underwent reconstructive surgery on the foot, and she returned to work in late January, Mr. Bruzzese wrote.

The hospital "scheduled her for back-to-back twelve-hour shifts on February 2 and 3, 2013," according to the complaint. That triggered a series of medical problems, and disputes with the hospital over the resulting time off, leading to her termination on Feb. 21, 2013, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit claimed the termination violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and demanded "all appropriate remedies."

A spokesman for St. Clair Hospital had no immediate comment.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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