If my mother just entered a 30 day treatment facility for alcohol addiction, can her employer fire her?

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If my mother just entered a 30 day treatment facility for alcohol addiction, can her employer fire her?

My mom notified her employer that she had an alcohol problem 2 months ago after she missed several days of work. She began an out-patient treatment program and her employer stated that if she was doing that, she could keep her job. They told her if she missed work again she’d lose her job. This past weekend my mom relapsed, and by Monday she checked into a 30-day program. She notified her employer. I called her employer today, and he told me they were making a decision about what to do with her situation, and they were looking at their legal options. Does she need a lawyer? What can I do?

Asked on March 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

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