Therapist Off Limits, Court Rules

Law360, New York (June 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appellate court ruled on Friday that an employer could not subpoena an employee's psychotherapist as part of a discrimination dispute, reversing a decision by a district court.

Randolph Koch, the employee of the Securities and Exchange Commission who first filed the case in the District of Columbia, alleged that his superiors at the SEC had failed to accommodate his disabilities, including gout, hypertension, sleep apnea, and a serious heart condition.

Koch said that he had not been allowed time in his work schedule to...
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