Skip to comments.Fired Oregon officer: Alcoholism was a disability
Posted on 04/29/2013 6:09:25 PM PDT by Rio
A police officer fired for driving drunk in an unmarked police car while off-duty has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Gresham, the police chief and others, alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The lawsuit filed in Portland alleged the officer, Jason Servo, was suffering from alcoholism, a recognized disability under the act, and shouldn't have been dismissed.
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If he sought treatment before being fired, he has a case. Otherwise it will be harder.
We deal with this at work. Have for years. Once addiction became a disease, it became “protected”.
Alcohol gave me superpowers.
Yeah, I'll bet it was, a big one. That's prolly why they fired you.
Improved my Spanish and Tagalog .....
Now I’m a world class karaoke singer...
“And now, the end is near...”
that was u?
Disability here I come
Even though I may look dumb
Drinkin’s always been so much fun
Beer, whiskey, vodka , rum
It’s disability here i come.
The only thing crippled on him is his mind and soul.
Or it could be an orientation.
Wow! People claim disabilities for just about anything these days. More pigs slopping at the trough.
I don’t care if it’s “protected”, or not!
The public’s tax dollars are being wasted.
NOBODY put a gun to this idiot’s face, and told him ‘drink or die’!
They tried this ‘disease’ business in the 1980’s, by saying that if you were a child of an alcoholic, you would be one, too.
Phooey! I drank, that’s right, PAST TENSE, because I CHOSE TO.
I’ve BEEN DRY AND SOBER, that’s right, PRESENT TENSE, ever since 1988, BECAUSE I CHOSE TO!!!
Alcoholism is triggered by CHOICE. If you CHOOSE to take a drink it will trigger the effects of the disease. If you don’t take the drink, you will not suffer from the disease.
‘It could not immediately be determined how common it is for alcoholics to claim their rights have been violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in a fact sheet, provides an example of how an alcoholic can justly be fired, and it’s similar to the Servo case.
‘In its example, a federal police officer is involved in an accident for which he is charged with drunken driving. About a month later, he gets a termination notice stating that his conduct makes it inappropriate for him to continue. The officer says the arrest made him realize he is an alcoholic and that he is obtaining treatment. According to the EEOC, the employer may proceed with the firing.
‘The example, of course, is not precise because Servo’s crash happened while he was off-duty.
‘”The ADA has provisions in it, across the board, to not require employers to subject other people to unreasonable risk to accommodate a disability,” said Bob Joondeph, executive director with Disability Rights Oregon.’