MGMT520 Case Analysis Week5

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MGMT520 Case Analysis Week5
Rodney McMillan had schizophrenia, which was treated with medication regularly. Despite this…

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MGMT520 Case Analysis Week5

MGMT520 Case Analysis Week5

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CASE 21-5 McMillan v. City of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 4454 (2013)

Rodney McMillan had schizophrenia, which was treated with medication regularly. Despite this condition, McMillan held employment as a Case Manager for the HRA Community Alternative Systems Agency (CASA). His job duties included conducting annual home visits, processing social assessments, recertifying clients’ Medicaid eligibility, and making referrals. At McMillan’s place of employment, there was a “flex-time policy” which allowed employees to arrive at work anytime between 9:00am and 10:00am. More specifically, employees were not considered “late” to the office unless they arrived after 10:15am. Further, an employee’s tardiness could be approved or disapproved by that person’s supervisor.

McMillan testified in court that he usually woke up around 7:00am or 7:30am each morning, but his medications for schizophrenia made him “drowsy and sluggish.” As a result, McMillan often arrived late to work, around 11:00am. The Defendant City of New York did not contest that the reason for McMillan’s frequent tardiness was the treatment for his disability. For a period of time, McMillan’s tardiness was continuously approved by his supervisor. However, in 2008, McMillan’s supervisor Loshun Thornton, refused to approve any more of McMillan’s late arrivals. Later, on May 8, 2009, McMillan was fined for eight days’ pay for his late arrivals, and in 2010 the City brought charges of “misconduct and/or incompetence” against McMillan…