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Former Spokane Officer Thoma Claiming Alcoholism As Disability

SPOAKNE, Wash. - Former Spokane Police Officer Brad Thoma is claiming that he is an alcoholic and that he was unrightfully fired because of it. The American With Disabilities Act does consider alcoholism a disability. They say on their website that, "An alcoholic is a person with a disability and is protected by the ADA if s/he is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job. An employer may be required to provide an accommodation to an alcoholic. However, an employer can discipline, discharge or deny employment to an alcoholic whose use of alcohol adversely affects job performance or conduct." Thoma's lawyer, Bob Dunn said that Thoma provided the city an accommodation, just like the ADA says. Thoma was willing to pay for the installation of a "blow and go" device in his patrol car. But, when the former police chief said no, that's where Dunn had the problem.

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