HMSA, Hawaii’s largest medical insurance provider, being sued for denying medical leave to employees

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The feds are suing Hawaii’s largest medical insurance provider.

The Hawaii Medical Service Association, also known as HMSA, is under fire by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The medical provider is accused of suddenly taking away medical leave to two of its employees.

The two employees listed in the court complaint worked as customer service representatives at HMSA. 

Both women developed health issues while employed. The complaint lists one suffered from Type 2 diabetes and renal failure, while the other developed degenerative disc disorder and spinal stenosis, affecting her ability to stand, sit and walk for prolonged periods. 

HMSA granted both women intermittent medical leave, which varied to several days per month that allowed the employees to attend doctor’s appointments. 

According to the EEOC, the medical provider abruptly took away the women’s medical leave and gave them the option to either work or resign. 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are required to speak with employees to discuss several options to continue to work in their positions, but the commission says HMSA did not do that. 

Both women ended up resigning in 2013. 

The EEOC is suing HMSA for disability discrimination and denial of reasonable accommodation. 

Calls to HMSA for comment were not returned. 

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