An Alabama Federal Court recently issued a ruling in favor of Humble Law, LLC client Brad Sims in a lawsuit filed against his former employer, the State of Alabama Department of Human Resources. The ruling denied efforts by the State to dismiss Sims’ federal employment law claims.
Following a distinguished career, Sims retired from the Blount County DHR in early 2014. Prior to retirement, Sims had requested an accommodation to be excused from performing on-call home visits due to a physical disability that impaired his ability to climb stairs. DHR ultimately denied that request, which led to Sims’ early retirement.
In a 35-page Opinion issued by Judge Michael Putnam, the Court held that Sims’ disability discrimination and retaliation claims filed under the Rehabilitation Act would proceed to trial. The Court found Sims had presented sufficient evidence for a jury to determine whether DHR should have accommodated his disability, particularly given the infrequent nature of the home visits. The Court also held that Sims’ retaliation claim would be determined by a jury, as evidence was presented that DHR’s County Director was apprised of a five-year-old sealed, confidential complaint Sims had made against the Department just days prior to denying his request.
Discovery, briefing, and the presentation of evidence for the case has been prepared by Humble Law’s Legal Team, including Attorney Dustin Kittle, Attorney Bradley Byrne, and Paralegal Lindsey Ehlman. The Motion for Summary Judgment was argued orally before the United States District Court by Attorney Dustin Kittle.
At Humble Law, LLC, we have represented employees from an array of different industries dealing with discrimination claims. Our experienced and aggressive Birmingham employment law attorneys believe that these behaviors are a violation of employee rights and call for swift and incisive legal action on the victim’s behalf.
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