A federal judge has dismissed one claim against a health care contractor at a Kansas women’s prison as part of a Lawrence man’s lawsuit alleging he was unfairly dismissed from his internship.
U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia in his written ruling agreed that Ryan Talley, 30, a former Washburn University psychology graduate student, was an intern and not an employee of Correct Care Solutions, a health care contractor for the Topeka Correctional Facility, and that Talley could not sue the contractor for wrongful termination.
Talley still has four claims pending in the suit, a breach of contract claim against Correct Care Solutions and three claims against Washburn University. An attorney for Talley filed the suit in October alleging Washburn and the contractor violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because they dismissed Talley based on his ADHD diagnosis and his need to use the prescribed medication Adderall to treat it. Talley worked at an internship engaging in individual and group psychotherapy at the women’s prison from October 2009 to March 2010. He claims Correct Care Solutions and Washburn officials became upset when on March 22, 2010, a prison guard stopped him and prohibited him from bringing the medication inside without swallowing it all in the guard’s presence.
Washburn officials have denied claims in the suit and alleged Talley violated institutional policies, including by returning to the prison when no contractor staff members were present and inadequately documenting contact with clients.