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Melendez v. Houston Independent School District (December 5, 2013)

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Is An Employee Who Is Six Days out of Rehab “Disabled” Under the TCHRA?

Ogletree Deakins • March 12, 2014
The Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA) provides that a “current condition of addiction” to alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances is not a covered “disability.” In Melendez v. Houston Independent School District (December 5, 2013), the Texas 14th District Court of Appeals in Houston was asked to decide whether an employee who was allegedly fired upon returning from rehabilitation for abuse of prescription drugs was a “current” user beyond the state law’s protections.