AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police detective will receive almost a quarter of a million dollars in back pay after being fired four years ago.
Detective Amy Lynch was diagnosed with narcolepsy in 2009. After her diagnosis she made two requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Friday, a jury determined she had been fired because of her requests.
One was that she be allowed to start work between 9 and 10 a.m.
And the second, that she not regularly work evenings or nights.
She was fired in 2012 after she says she was told the department could not accommodate her requests. Shortly after she filed a lawsuit.
Lynch was reinstated in 2014 while litigation was pending. “So when I was reinstated it was out of the blue, I have been requesting to come back to work even while litigation was pending to mitigate any financial damages,” Lynch said.
APD Chief Art Acevedo says he decided to reinstate Lynch after they were advised she could now work evenings and nights.
“Unfortunately to be a police officer you have to be able to work 365 days a year 24 hour shifts, that ‘s just what this business is about,” he said.