Sleep-apnea-afflicted New Yorkers fired from high-stakes jobs are increasingly suing over their ousters, claiming disability discrimination, reports the New York Post.
At least three workers — Staten Island University Hospital dispatcher Helen Whitehurst, Greyhound bus driver Ronnie Allen, and would-be city garbage man Michael Dellegrazie — have filed suits in recent months after their struggles with the weight-related condition cost them their jobs.
“Employers have to recognize that it’s not the person’s fault all the time, and that’s what happened with Helen. She nodded off a couple of times at work,” Whitehurst’s attorney, Bill Perniciaro, told The Post. The 340-pound Staten Islander is suing Staten Island University Hospital for $10 million after being canned in 2014 for twice falling asleep at her job dispatching ambulances.