Tallahassee, Florida - August 19, 2011 -
Florida State University was hit with a wrongful termination lawsuit on Wednesday. Frank Stephenson, who was the director for research communications at FSU, is asking for $75,000 to compensate for the emotional distress and damage to his career and reputation. The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the North District of Florida. In an unusual claim, Stephenson said the university should have provided "reasonable accommodations" for his handicap of alcoholism, which the suit says his supervisors were aware of. State law prohibits discriminating against a person with a handicap. Stephenson was fired in September 2010 after an employee he supervised filed a complaint against him alleging he was abusive towards employees. FSU spokeswoman Browning Brooks said the school does not comment on pending litigation.
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PDF of complaint attaached above.