Alcoholism as a Disability

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Outline Introduction Business Situation Description Analysis with Three Ethical Theories Behavior vs. Disability Negligent Hiring/Retention Government Agency Precedent for punishing alcohol abusers Application of Relevant Law At Will Employment Negligent Hiring Expanded Abuse of Legal System Reasonable Accommodations Home Depot Firing Similar to Blazek Situation Alcohol Policies should Match Practice ADA's Potential Misclassification of Alcoholism Recommendation to Employer Conclusion Alcoholism as a Disability There are hundreds to thousands of different situations and events that could be used as a case study for the subject of this paper, but the one that shall be used is especially informative and relevant. An employee in Ohio who was ostensibly battling alcoholism, which is defined as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, was fired for consuming alcohol on the job. The employee sued under the ADA because the employer allegedly did not take his disability into account before firing him. The employer did the right thing and should do whatever it takes to prevent an employee, alcoholic or not, from endangering fellow employees or the public. Business Situation The "business" in this instance was actually a government agency, specifically the city of Lakewood in the state of Ohio, but practically everything said and argued in this report would be applicable to this situation regardless of that being the case. A city employee by
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