State Worker Fired For Sleeping At Work Wants Job Back

A state worker is fighting to regain her job after she was fired for falling asleep at work -- five times.

The News & Observer reports Wednesday that state documents show Elsie Hinton had four prior warnings dating to 2003 before she was fired from the Transportation Department in July. Her dismissal also was based on using an agency van without approval.

Hinton says she suffers from sleep apnea, a condition that prevents her from getting uninterrupted sleep and requires her to use a breathing device at night. She said the device was malfunctioning and her bosses knew of her condition.

Hinton earned more than $55,000 as an artist in the communications office. The state Office of Administrative Hearings is handling her discrimination complaint.

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