“Narcoleptic Hillside dispatcher settles wrongful termination suit”

Illinois: “A Hillside police dispatcher who was fired after telling a supervisor she suffered from narcolepsy– which can cause its victims to fall asleep unexpectedly — has tentatively settled her lawsuit against the west suburban town.” [WGN Chicago; & welcome Above the Law readers]


  • How will she stay awake during the trial?


  • Why the surprise? Michigan has a case where a narcoleptic surgeon was awarded $610,000.00.

  • The good news is that she can now take her settlement money and embark on a second career as a stand-up comic.

  • I don’t think that this woman’s case was frivolous at all. Sure, suddenly falling asleep while working alone would be a bad thing, but according to the article, her narcolepsy is controlled by medication. If a condition is fully controlled by medication and the person consistently takes the medication, there’s no risk.