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Company Fires Wounded Veteran Because Of His Service Dog

About 10 years ago, an Ohio man worked for Cincinnati Bell, but he left that job on good terms to pursue a career in the military. He joined the Marines and served for 10 years, but his military career came to an end after he was wounded in combat.

He was re-hired by Cincinnati Bell and was ready to resume work, but with one difference: he now has a service dog. The man says that the company sent him home without pay because of his dog.

Yauncey Long got his service dog, C4, after he left the military. The former Marine was diagnosed with post-traumatic-stress disorder after sustaining combat-related injuries. When he was rehired by his former employer, he applied for special consideration so that his service dog could come to work with him.

Long says that he barely got started again before he was stopped in his tracks. He was told that he could not come to work with his service dog, and sent home. Eventually, he was fired. He has attempted to rectify the situation with the company, but complains that they have ‘stonewalled’ him.

Long says he has all the proper paperwork to prove that his dog is a service animal, rather than just a pet or emotional support animal. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, "Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.”

The description goes on to explain, "Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."

Long said he did ask that reasonable accommodations be made for his service animal, but Cincinnati Bell refused to do so. They treated the dog as if it were an optional situation, but Long tried to provide documents to say it was not an option for him.

"The dog is really really helping with my symptoms," said Long. After he came home from deployment, he couldn’t even go to the grocery store himself. He’s made great strides since C4 came into his life, but the company refused to look at his paperwork, he said.

Cincinnati Bell is defending itself, telling Fox News in a statement, "Despite repeated efforts, we have yet to receive any information regarding the current status of Yauncey's condition and its effect on his ability to perform his job. We have encouraged and continue to encourage Yauncey to report for work and perform his job duties, which entail on-site residential telecommunications installations."

Long says he has paperwork from the company proving that he has filed proper documents.

“It’s just a stonewall,” he says, but is continuing to pursue the matter.

Source: Fox News Insider
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