Disability Harassment Alleged Against Veteran

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed an Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuit against a Wyoming manufacturing company for allegedly subjecting a military veteran to harassment and bias because he had post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to the EEOC’s suit, the employee, who had served in the military, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While he was employed with Mine Rite Technologies LLC as a welder, the employee’s supervisor repeatedly referred to him as a “psycho” and uttered similar epithets about him to his coworkers, the EEOC said.

The supervisor also referred to Thursday as “Psycho Thursday,” because that was the day of the week that the employee attended therapy sessions at a Veterans Administration facility to treat his PTSD. The lawsuit also alleges that Mine Rite’s two principal owners were aware of the ongoing harassment but took no steps to put an end to the abuse. The EEOC further said that the harassment became intolerable and that the employee was forced to quit to avoid further abuse.

“The ADA protects our veterans who suffer from PTSD,” said EEOC Phoenix District Office Regional Attorney Mary Jo O’Neill. “No employer should ever allow harassment of our veterans who served this country simply because they are getting the care they need and deserve.”

The EEOC filed the suit on March 31.

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