…to go to trial in November 2013.
Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Failure of Prince George’s County Public Schools to Accommodate
GREENBELT, Maryland — Judge Alexander Williams of the U.S. District Court of Maryland’s Southern Division denied motions for summary judgment filed by Thatcher Law firm on behalf of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County recently. Information reaching Reform Sasscer movement indicates that after a careful analysis, the judge allowed the case to proceed for the jury deriberations this fall.
Plaintiff William Wilson an algebra teacher who possesses Maryland special education certifications faced a number of discrimination conduct within PGCPS. During the 2011 – 2012 school year, Mr. Wilson was employed by Prince George’s County Public Schools and assigned to Dr. Henry Wise High School.
Mr. Wilson suffers from a permanent neuropathy in his left foot. He experiences severe pain if he stands or walks for extended periods. His leg pain is chronic and constant. Mr. Wilson had surgery to relieve his leg pain, however, the surgery was unsuccessful. Mr. Wilson has a “Virginia Permanent Disabled Parking Placard”.
In early November 2011, Mr. Wilson complained to his immediate supervisor, Dawn Brodus-Yougha, about the foot pain he was experiencing due to his disability. Dr. Brodus-Yougha said to Ms. Wilson, “if you have a disability I need to see a doctor’s note.”
Mr. Wilson provided Dr. Brodus-Yougha with a note from his doctor, dated November 11, 2011, which said, “Pt will need frequent episodes of sitting and minimal standing”. Dr. Brodus-Yougha then instructed Mr. Wilson to give a copy of his doctor’s note to Principal Carletta Marrow. Mr. Wilson provided Principal Marrow with a copy of his doctor’s note.
Nonetheless, Dr. Brodus-Yougha ordered Mr. Wilson to stand in front of his classroom each morning for hall duty, which meant 20 minutes of continual standing. Dr. Brodus-Yougha would not allow Mr. Wilson to sit down during hall duty, even when he complained about pain.
Mr. Wilson’s foot pain became so unbearable that he began to experience panic attacks, he could not sleep at night, his blood pressure rose to dangerous levels, and he began throwing up before school.
Doctor’s notes that restricted Mr. Wilson’s standing to five minutes continued to be ignored. On February 14, 2012, Dr. Brodus-Yougha ordered Ms. Wilson to stand outside the school at the end of each day and escort his students to their buses. The task involved 30 to 45 minutes of additional standing and walking.
On February 26, 2012, Ms. Wilson informed PGCPS officials that the constant standing and walking was so harmful to his health that he was resigning from his $90,840 a year position. PGCPS_-_Wilson_Complaint_filed_July_13_2012
- Judge Alexander Williams’ Denial of Summary Judgment_Memorandum- 6-18-2013
- Memorandum Opinion
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Employer’s Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)