Is it legal to be fired after asking for help for alcoholism?

After my husband told boss that he needs help last wed they suspended him for attendance on Friday. He was told to come back to work today wed and when he did they said they had to fire him for attendance reasons. He has never received any warnings about attendance though he knows he was missing too much. But now that he is seeking treatment and needs insurance they fire him. FMLA or anything to say that this is illegal?

Asked on March 14, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your husband was terminated from his employer for seeking assistance with his alcoholism problem, his termination may have been a violation of state and federal law under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

I suggest that your husband consult with an attorney that practices in the area of employment law and also to speak with a representative at the local labor department.

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