Veteran Says Employer Won't Let Him Bring His Service Dog To Work

One U.S. Marine Corps veteran is trying to earn a living, but in order to function well, he needs his service dog at his side. The company he works for refuses to let him bring his dog to work, and sent him home without pay for a week when he did bring his pooch. He says he's trying to provide the company with medical evidence that he needs a reasonable accommodation, but the company is 'stonewalling' him.

Yauncey Long worked in counterintelligence for the Marine Corps for a decade. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. Long is proud of his military service, but he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) as a result.

One thing that has made life more bearable for the veteran is his service dog, C4. For a while, he was taking a lot of pills to help manage his condition. Since getting the dog, Long has been able to do things he had not been able to do for a while and has been able to wean off some meds.

“The dog is really really helping with my symptoms,” he told Fox News.

Unfortunately, Long's employers at Cincinnati Bell, a company for which he’s been working for over a year, doesn't care that C4 is helping the veteran function. They told Long that he couldn't begin bringing his service dog to work. His employer told him that if he showed up with C4, he would be fired.

Since threatening to fire him for having a service dog is illegal, Long showed up at work with C4 anyway. He was sent home without pay. He showed up every day for a week to sign in and was sent home without pay as punishment. The employee complains that the company is treating his service dog 'as if it was an option' rather than a necessary part of his treatment and daily medical needs.

They also say Long never told the company about his PTSD or that it would affect his job performance, and he’s never given them proof of his disability or need for a service dog. Long says this isn't true; he filed the appropriate paperwork, and even forwarded Fox News copies of letters sent to him by the company initially telling him that they received his paperwork and would begin processing it. Long says that he has not received any request for any further documentation, which he would be happy to provide them with if they just told him what’s missing.

Long thinks his paperwork has been ignored because he thinks the company doesn't know how to process it. This may have been the first request of its kind at the company, and rather than deal with making a policy, they are brushing it off. He has attempted to resolve the issue by reaching out to the company’s CEO and their Human Resources department now, but he's not getting a response. “It’s just a stonewall,” Long says.

Source: Fox News Insider, The Washington Feed
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