Asleep on the Job: Narcolepsy and the ADA

Stittleburg, Philip
May 2006
Fire Chief;May2006, Vol. 50 Issue 5, p24
Trade Publication
The article illustrates a case of Donald Ridgely, a fire fighter at the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, who was diagnosed with narcolepsy and related cataplexy and was placed on light-duty status in Maryland. The fire fighter filed a charge of discrimination against the department. Dr. Marc Raphaelson confirmed Ridgely was capable of safe operation of heavy vehicles and of safe performance of duties. Dr. Craig Thorne also confirmed that Ridgely's diseases were well-controlled and that he was medically fit for full duty. The court's dismissal of the summary judgment motion of the case of Ridgely was correctly granted because he failed to satisfy his burden of producing evidence for disability discrimination.


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