Epileptic Worker Denied Nursing Home Job, Gets $80,000 And Apology

Pamila Bourasa has epilepsy but has not had a seizure since 1980, thanks to medicine she takes. So when the 57-year-old resident of Vale, Ore., was hired to be a cook at the Pioneer Place Assisted Living Facility, she didn't think much about letting her new employer know that she might get a positive result on the routine drug test required of new hires.

After all, Pioneer Place's website says the facility's mission is one of "compassionate and safe care." Bourasa had a start date of January 2010, but when the results of the drug test came back positive, she says that she was told she no longer had a job offer.