Cop's employment retaliation case summarily dismissed after employer demanded mental examination
The City of Taylor refused to re-hire one of its Public Service Officers when he attempted to return to duty after a prolonged absence. In Degiuli v. City of Taylor, the PSO argued that he was discriminated against when the City demanded that he undergo a mental examination prior to re-employment. He had been on medical leave after a shoulder injury, when he testified in a wrongful death lawsuit that a jail inmate's death was preventable with good training. During his time off he also experienced a psychiatric condition and acknowledged having dreams of "eviscerating" the police chief.
The Court held that reasonable minds could not conclude that the City had discriminated against, or retaliated against the PSO, and that by law it had sufficient grounds to demand the mental examination.