“Drinking is a ‘handicap,’ fired former Florida State administrator says”

by Walter Olson on August 24, 2011

Fired after allegations of being abusive toward staff, Frank “Stephenson said the university should have provided ‘reasonable accommodations’ for his handicap of alcoholism, which the suit says his supervisors were aware of. State law prohibits discriminating against a person with a handicap.” [Orlando Sentinel; background; & welcome Above the Law readers]

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1 Richard Nieporent 08.24.11 at 7:40 am

In an unusual claim, Stephenson said the university should have provided “reasonable accommodations” for his handicap of alcoholism, which the suit says his supervisors were aware of.

What were they supposed to, bring him a case of Bud every day?

Stephenson was fired in September 2010 after an employee he supervised filed a complaint against him alleging he was abusive towards employees.

Of course if they didn’t fire him then would be sued by the other employee for harassment.

2 Bob Neal 08.24.11 at 7:50 am

up to now the law has been pretty clear that you don’t have to accommodate active alcoholism. Who knows with the way the EEOC works these days.

3 CTrees 08.24.11 at 2:00 pm

My inherent laziness is a handicap! My employer cannot legally fire me for reasons related to it! By law, they must accomodate this handicap. Preferably with plenty of nap/Failblog breaks.

(this post intended entirely as satire, just for the record <–Just in case my actual employer is reading)

4 mojo 08.24.11 at 2:09 pm

Is “stupid” considered a handicap now?

5 BL1Y 08.27.11 at 7:49 am

If active alcoholism isn’t protected, then active fat shouldn’t be either.

6 culdesachero 08.27.11 at 10:10 pm

Here in Canada, addiction is considered a disability. Now, it is nearly impossible to fire someone who has an addiction.

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