Vanderheiden v. City of Alameda
Plaintiff Ronald Vanderheiden worked as a firefighter for the City of Alameda (City) for more than fourteen years before he was terminated on grounds that he was psychologically unable to work as a member of a firefighting team. He sued under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and alleged discriminatory discharge, failure to accommodate, and failure to engage in an interactive process to identify a reasonable accommodation under Government Code section 12940, subdivisions (a), (m) and (n). Court agree with Vanderheiden that there are genuine issues of fact regarding his psychological health and his ability to perform his job. Court thus reverse.