The Miami Dolphins have come under heavy scrutiny after details of a lawsuit filed against them states that they fired one of their scouts for working from home to tend to his ill wife, according to documents obtained by Fox Sports 1.
Nate Sullivan, a 17-year veteran scout for the Miami Dolphins, began working from home in 2004 to aid his wife, who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis. After maintaining the agreement for almost 10 years, Sullivan was fired by new general manager Dennis Hickey in mid-May.
When he was fired on May 12, Sullivan claims Hickey told him the reason was that working remotely “just did not work for him.”
Even more, Sullivan say that in April, after the Dolphins reworked their health care coverage, they excluded Cystic Fibrosis, leading to a large hike in cost for prescriptions for Sullivan’s wife.
The intent-to-initiate-litigation letter also states the Dolphins began excluding cystic fibrosis medications from their health care when revamping their insurance offerings in April. Harr told FOX Sports 1 that the cost of one prescription skyrocketed from $10 to $3,000 per pill under the new policy.
“It is our understanding that Cystic Fibrosis was the only terminal medical condition singled out,” the letter states. “This drastic reduction in health care benefits jeopardized JoAnne Sullivan’s ability to afford her pharmaceuticals, shifting an exorbitant financial burden on the Sullivans.”
Sullivan’s target is to regain his position with the Dolphins, while also having his wife’s prescription covered under the his health care benefits once more. He and his lawyer, however, are prepared to seek damages if the Dolphins do not agree.
The letter-to-initiate-litigation also lists the NFL due to the fact that the NFL did not take the necessary steps to stop the discrimination by the Dolphins against he and his wife.