Is Alcoholism a Disability? Fired Football Coach Suing USC for at Least $12.6M
Former University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian is suing the university for allegedly firing him for having a disability -- alcoholism.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "Varney & Co." that alcoholism is a federally-categorized disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
But he said the law only protects a worker if they're "not too serious an alcoholic."
"If you're so serious you can't function, (the employer doesn't) have to accommodate you and they can get rid of you, which is what USC did with this coach," Napolitano said.
He said that that if the school takes a hard stance against Sarkisian and refuses to settle, a jury will decide if his condition was remediable and should have been accommodated by the university.
Watch Judge Napolitano's analysis above, and read more about the case here.