Miami Dolphins Scout Loses Job For Staying At Home To Help Sick Wife

June 2, 2017
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According to documents obtained by Fox Sports 1, the Miami Dolphins fired one of their scouts who was working from home in order to tend to his sick wife. Namely, the worker in question filed a lawsuit against them after they terminated his employment.

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Nate Sullivan worked for the Miami Dolphins for 17 years and had to start working from home in 2004 to aid his wife who was suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Such an arrangement lasted for 10 years, when the new general manager Dennis Hickey decided to fire Sullivan in mid-May. Sullivan claims that Hickey stated that the reason for losing his job was that remote work “just did not work for him.”

Sullivan’s lawyer, Jason L. Harr contends that reasoning would violate Title 29 of the Americans With Disabilities Act that states “it is unlawful for a covered entity to exclude or deny equal jobs or benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against, a qualified individual because of the known disability of an individual with whom the qualified individual is known to have a family, business, social or other relationship or association.”

The veteran scout added that the Miami Dolphins reworked their health care coverage in April, excluding Cystic Fibrosis. Of course, that decision had a negative impact on Sullivan’s finances. An intent-to-initiate-litigation letter states that the Miami Dolphins started excluding medications for treating Cystic Fibrosis from their health care. Sullivan’s lawyer, Harr explained to Fox Sports 1 that the cost of one prescription rose from $10 to $3,000 under the new policy.

‘’It is our understanding that Cystic Fibrosis was the only terminal medical condition singled out,” the letter states. “This drastic reduction in health care benefits jeopardized JoAnne Sullivan’s ability to afford her pharmaceuticals, shifting an exorbitant financial burden on the Sullivans.”

The letter also targets the NFL since they didn’t do anything to stop the discrimination against Sullivan and his wife.
Sullivan wants to regain his old job with the Miami Dolphins, while also having his wife’s medications covered by the health care. If the Dolphins don’t agree, Sullivan and his lawyer are willing to seek damages.

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