An employer wasn’t liable to a former employee who alleged he was terminated because of a disability, his alcoholism, the 5th Circuit recently decided. Although the appeals court didn’t directly address whether alcoholism qualified as a protected disability when it upheld a New Orleans-based district court ruling, the opinion offers guidance on how employers can avoid liability when discharging employees.
Supervisor Recommends Discharge After Only a Month
Justin Moore worked as an orthopedic implant coordinator for Centralized Management Services (CMS). He was responsible for developing business for CMS in the New Orleans market. Part of his job duties included setting up conference calls and meetings with clients and sending reports to corporate management about his progress.