Alvarado v. Potter, No. 11-1686 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Alvarado began working for the U.S. Postal Service in 1991. His recurrent schizoaffective disorder was first diagnosed in 1992. According to Alvarado, the medication made him drowsy and slowed his work pace, at times making him late with his mail delivery, but made him able to perform competently. Alvarado claims to have been subjected to harassment and discrimination after he told his superiors of his medical condition. He complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity office. In time, Alvarado ran into problems relating to his work performance, particularly his slow work pace. At one point he was suspended for 14 days for improper conduct and delay of mail. Later, when he returned to the USPS branch at approximately 6:00 PM after completing his delivery route and found it closed, he felt anxious and humiliated, did not return to work, and officially resigned his post. Since his resignation, Alvarado has been found permanently disabled and eligible for disability benefits. Alvarado exhausted EEO administrative proceedings. The district court dismissed his suit under the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. 791. The First Circuit affirmed.