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Military Veteran Suing Home Depot for Disability Discrimination

At a Teays Valley, West Virginia Home Depot store, a disabled veteran says he was fired for missing work in order to deal with injuries he received while deployed in Iraq.

Prior to his termination, he had worked at the store for three years. In addition, he specifically noted in his application that he was a disabled veteran. Christopher Scalf is now suing Home Depot. Matt Plants, Scalf's attorney, said, “While he is at [work] he would get headaches, and instead of providing some reasonable accommodations, Home Depot simply terminated his employment."

Scalf reportedly spent five years in the army and 15 months in Iraq. He was in several gun fights and hit with a roadside bomb 12 times. Scalf suffered from traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and now gets headaches so bad he can’t open his eyes. Plants went on to say “These allegations are particularly concerning when you’re dealing with a company that is campaigning that they’re hiring disabled veterans."

He filed his lawsuit against the store on Aug. 20, alleging disability discrimination and breach of contract in 2013. On Oct. 14, Home Depot said that Scalf’s termination was not related to his status as a veteran. The company also stated that it has hired over 30,000 veterans and active duty members.

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