Cop gets $1 million for being fired for sleeping on the job

Interesting dilemma. What do you think? This police officer was fired for sleeping on the job. But he suffers from sleep apnea. 


According to The Blaze,

Matthew B. Michaels alleged the city of McPherson, Kansas, violated his civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Kansas Wage Payment Act, the McPherson Sentinel reported. He was fired from the McPherson Police Department in July 2012.

A judgment orders the city to pay $921,657 — plus interest, court costs and attorney’s fees, the Sentinel noted. That amount includes back and future wages along with damages for pain and suffering.

Michaels also said he was denied a “name clearing hearing” after his firing, that the city interfered with one day of family medical leave, and he was denied four days of vacation, the paper reported.

Where do you draw the line? How do you deal with a police officer with sleep apnea? It brings up a myriad of issues….considering how much most of us love law enforcement.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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