Published: Jul 29, 2011 9:01 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 8:01 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Friday against a nonprofit organization in Aberdeen saying it fired a worker because she had cancer.
    
According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, the Area IV Senior Citizens Planning Council, Inc. terminated Eileen Job in 2008 when she tried to return to work after surgery for colon cancer.
    
Job was a kitchen assistant at the organization's Bowdle, S.D., location.
    
EEOC says Area IV fired Job because of possible symptoms that could result from her course of chemotherapy treatments.
    
EEOC is seeking to bar any future discrimination, back pay and damages.
    
No one was available to comment on the lawsuit at the Area IV Senior Citizens Planning Council Friday afternoon.

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