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Former Lakewood Employee Files Lawsuit Against the City

Self-admitted alcoholic fired after drinking on the job in March 2012.

Former Lakewood Employee Files Lawsuit Against the City

A former employee with the city of Lakewood has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city, after he was fired in 2012 for drinking on the job.

LoveLakewood.com reported that Jonathan Blazek was fired in March after he was found to be drinking alcohol during his shift as snow-plow operator.

Shortly afterward, he filed complaints with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and last month, filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking reinstatement, full back pay, and attorney fees.

He alleges he was unlawfully discriminated against based on alcoholism, a legally recognized disability, according to LoveLakewood.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

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