Hall v. Hackley Hospital

A hospital employee sued under the Handicappers’ Civil Rights Act (HCRA) for failure to accommodate her asthma.  The Circuit Court granted the employer’s motion for summary disposition; Plaintiff appealed.  The Court of Appeals held that she had failed to establish a prima facie case that the hospital was required to ban smoking to satisfy its duty of accommodation, that the hospital met its burden of producing evidence that completely banning its patients from smoking would produce an undue hardship and that the hospital’s duty to accommodate an employee did not require her to be placed in another job at the hospital.

532 N.W.2d 893, 4 AD Cases 961, 210 Mich. App. 48 (1995).