A Marine Corps veteran awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat says his bosses won’t let him come to work with his trained service dog.
I wonder how often this happens. Marine and combat veteran Yaunce Long said that he was sent home without pay every day for a week when he showed up with C4. “I was told by my supervisor that HR said that if I showed up with the dog, I’d be fired,” said Long. At least one employer on Twitter has offered to hire the veteran & his service dog.
— John Smith (@jack_tragic) July 8, 2017
Source: Fox News
An ex-Marine awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat says his bosses won’t let him come to work with his trained service dog.
“I was told by my supervisor that HR said that if I showed up with the dog I’d be fired,” Yaunce Long told Fox & Friends Saturday.
Long said he installs phone lines for Cincinnati Bell in Ohio. He has a service dog, named C4, to help him control anxiety caused by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He was diagnosed with the condition after a 10-year stint in the Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was with counter-intelligence.
Long said that each day for a week he was sent home without pay when he showed up with C4.
“Basically, they’ve treated the dog as if it’s an option,” he said.
Long said he has requested an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“I’ve pleaded with the company,” he said. “I’ve gone through all the necessary paperwork. I provided everything that they asked for and I even followed up with them to make sure I had everything in proper order because I wasn’t sure of the process either.”
He said his application has languished for months because the company is stonewalling.
“Despite repeated effort we have yet to receive any information regarding the current status of Yaunce’s condition and its effect on his ability to perform his duty,” Cincinnati Bell told Fox & Friends.
Here’s a message to Yaunce’s employer before this becomes super viral. You should allow Yaunce to work with his service dog. This makes you appear hostile to disabled veterans. You’re making your company look bad. I am sure there are many veterans and their families in your state and some who have PTSD. To make this decision is a slap on their service.
Saw a story on Yaunce Long, a purple heart vet who was fired from Cincinnati Bell because he needed to take his service dog to work. Shame!
— Nick Eveland (@EvelandNick) July 8, 2017
@CincyBell Disabled Veteran Yaunce Long should be allowed to go back to work. Not cool
— A Voter (@howm72) July 8, 2017
@CincyBell Please reconsider Yaunce and his dog for reemployment! I think in the long run you will benefit more than he or his dog, as a Co.
— Chris Spivey (@gofdenuf) July 9, 2017
Yaunce and thousands of other veterans laid their lives on the line for this nation have come home scarred and damaged from wartime incidents. His service dog C4 is helping him cope with the transition, yet this company decided to break federal law and threaten to fire him.
This company under Federal ADA law cannot ask for proof in any way of the veterans disability or service dog training/proof that it is one. Now threatening to fire this Veteran is now discriminating against him for having his service dog.
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