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,