A federal judge in West Virginia sided with an employer who terminated an employee who “lied” on his employment application about medical conditions, finding he wasn’t protected by the confidentiality provision of the Americans with Disabilities Act because he later voluntarily disclosed his medical information.

In a Sept. 27 opinion, U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas S. Kleeh of the Northern District of West Virginia held that John Sigley, who was terminated after he opted not to identify any medical conditions on his job application for ND Paper, doing business as ND Paper/Fairmont, wasn’t protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) because he had chosen to voluntarily disclose his confidential medical information.