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City Didn’t Discriminate re Bipolar Atty

Posted Jul 6, 2007 4:19 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A former city attorney in Lake Geneva, Wis., says he won't appeal a state administrative law judge ruling that he wasn't discriminated against due to his bipolar disorder.

Michael Rielly had contended the city didn't reasonably accommodate his disability last summer when it fired him from his elected position several months after his erratic behavior led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, according to the Janesville Gazette.

He sought and obtained a 30-day medical leave, around the same time that his law license was suspended in May 2006. But the city council voted in July to fire him, prompting Rielly's discrimination claim. His law license was restored in November 2006, and he now has a general law practice in Lake Geneva.

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