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Was ADA Violated On Network Television?
September 28, 2004

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND--On last week's episode of the NBC-TV reality show "The Apprentice", Donald Trump sent contestant Stacie J packing with those two famous, awful words: "You're fired."

Baltimore attorney Morris E. Fischer, Esq. saw the show and got the feeling something may have been amiss.

In an article published on, Fischer argued "there were various ADA issues that Mr. Trump’s legal staff should have brought to his attention prior to his decision to fire Stacie J." These include suggestions by his staff that Stacie J may have had a mental illness.

"Whether her condition was schizophrenia, paranoia or borderline personality disorder, she may have been covered by the ADA," Fischer wrote. "However, even if Stacie J had in fact no disability, if Trump regarded her as being disabled, meaning if he wrote her off as 'crazy', a 'loose cannon' or something of the like, then arguably his company regarded her as being disabled and she would then likely be entitled to ADA protection."

"Did Trump Make a Legal Goof In Firing Stacie J?" (


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