Sleeping DOT employee will not get job back

April 8, 2010 7:31:23 AM PDT
A judge refused to order the reinstatement of a NC DOT employee who was fired in 2008 for repeatedly sleeping on the job.

According to the Charlotte Observer, an administrative law judge ruled the Transportation Department had good cause to fire Elsie Hinton.

Hinton had complained she was a victim of discrimination banned by federal law. She said she suffered from sleep apnea , a condition that prevents her from getting uninterrupted sleep.

State officials said Hinton fell asleep on the job several times over a five-year period, was disciplined, and given the opportunity to get medical help.

Before she was fired, Hinton was an artist at the DOT.

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