Miami Dolphins Face Litigation in Firing of Scout

Thursday, May 29, 2014  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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The Miami Dolphins are facing a lawsuit from a former scout who claims the team fired him for working remotely while his wife battles cystic fibrosis.

The attorney for Nate Sullivan sent an intent-to-initiate-litigation letter to the Dolphins and the NFL claiming Sullivan's dismissal violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, FoxSports.com reported.

According to the letter, Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey was unhappy about Sullivan working from home, which he started doing in 2004 to help with medical treatment for his wife, JoAnne.

Former team GMs Rick Spielman, Randy Mueller and Jeff Ireland had all approved Sullivan's work arrangement. But Hickey, who fired Sullivan on May 12 after 17 years with the team, said the arrangement "just did not work for him," the letter said.

"We are declining comment on this story," the team told NBC 6 in a statement Wednesday night.

Sullivan's attorney told FoxSports.com he hopes the team will reinstate Sullivan.

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