The ADA may require accommodations for alcoholics. But it can get tricky when police are involved.

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Yes, alcoholism can be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The EEOC notes here that the ADA may protect a “qualified” alcoholic who can meet the definition of “disability.” What is a “qualified” alcoholic? Someone who can perform the job’s essential functions with or without accommodation.

An employer can discipline an employee who violates a workplace policy that prohibits the use of alcohol. But it can also accommodate an alcoholic with a flexible work schedule to allow them to attend AA to remain clean and sober.

But how about this scenario?

The police cite one of your employees,

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