People who have disabilities are protected by both federal and state laws when it comes to employment. Employers must provide those with disabilities with reasonable accommodation in respect to the performance of their jobs. When these accommodations are not met, and if a person believes that they were wrongfully terminated due to disability, they have the right to sue in court. WSB Radio reports on such a case.
David Booth was an officer with the Roswell Police Department for over 20 years. Following an accident, he claims that the department wrongfully terminated him and violated the American with Disabilities Act.
While performing an extra job escorting a funeral service, Booth was rear ended while on his motorcycle. He was thrown onto the hood of her car and suffered an open pelvis fracture. He was life-flighted to Grady in a coma.
During the recovery process, Booth suffered another injury which partially paralyzed his right hand.
When he was finally released back to duty months later, Booth’s physician recommended that he have a lighter duty capacity.
The lawsuit alleges that the Roswell Police Department refused his request to work in the courtroom and demanded that he resume his road duties.
Within months, Booth began receiving written reprimands over various issues. He was terminated in February 2016, after being informed of five policy violations. These violations included parking his personal vehicle behind a building during his shift, not responding to a call, and one time forgetting his department-issued firearm at home.
The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission sent out a form letter which had a check mark in a box next to a statement that said they could not determine if Roswell Police Department had violated Booth’s rights.
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