Methadone Treatment & Employment


Law Center files reply brief to summary judgment

On January 2, 2014, the Law Center’s staff attorney, Michael Churchill, filed a reply brief in the appeal of the case for Ms. Melinda Reynolds.

The brief asserted that Ms. Reynolds’ case should be remanded since the facts presented garnered genuine issues for trial. Foremost, the issue with the defendant’s argument was that the Board of Nurses suspended Miss Reynolds’ license for reasons other than her methadone treatment and that she was not otherwise qualified. However, even the prosecutor’s expert witness found that Reynolds was safe to practice while receiving methadone treatment.

In addition, because Ms. Reynolds had requested an accommodation for Methadone treatment and the District Court even rejected the appellees’s abstention argument, the court of appeals should now vacate the District Court’s ruling in favor of summary judgment for the defendant.

Click here to read the full brief.