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Subject:  Re: Disgusted With Medicine/Law Date:  11/15/2012  4:33 PM
Author:  Ziege19 Number:  655347 of 876452

I can't give any details, but yesterday, I found out a physician who is a multiple relapsed alcoholic, can not be fired from their group. Because they have a protected disability. This group essentially has to wait for an error (possibly fatal error) to occur. So now to catch this error, someone has to go around and double check everything this person does. So you have two people doing the work of one.

The ADA specifically says that an employer is not required to keep an employee who present a risk, and that employees with alcohol-related disorders can be held to the same standards of performance and on-the-job behavior as anyone else. So it is not true that the ADA prevents them from being fired. It just prevents them from being fired for past treatments for alcoholism. If he has EVER shown up to the office with booze on his breath, or given any indication whatsoever that he has come to work under the influence or hung over, he can legally be fired.
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