U.S. District Court Judge Ed Shea dismissed a disability lawsuit brought by a former Richland woman against the Bonneville Power Administration.
Mary Hollen was a BPA employee who sued the Department of Energy, claiming her employer did not accommodate her asthma.
In her lawsuit, Hollen claimed her asthma prevented her from working in the Tri-City area and in 2006 she was forced to quit her job and move. She'd been stationed in Richland since 1994.
Hollen claimed in court documents she could only work at one location "north of Seattle, west of Everett, east of Port Angeles and south of the San Juan Islands." Hollen had sought damages of about $960,000.
In dismissing Hollen's case, Shea found that Hollen had not shown that her asthma limited her ability to breathe or work when compared to the average individual.
Shea also found that the BPA offered Hollen reasonable accommodation but that she did not take advantage of that offer.
He also found her request to work from just one location to be unreasonable.