Disabled veteran asserts Bronco Oilfield Services told him to “either take a job in the field or quit.”
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Veteran Files Lawsuit against Bronco Oilfield Services for Disability Discrimination
Timothy, a 57-year-old, disabled veteran, started working with Bronco Oilfield Services in 2011. To support the knee injuries he incurred during military service, Timothy wore a knee brace. His district manager promoted Timothy to operations manager in 2012 and then again in 2014 to field salesman.
Timothy maintains that management and employees alike ridiculed his injuries and military service by calling him “Forrest Gump,” the fictional character known for being mentally handicapped, wearing leg braces, and serving in the military.Throughout Timothy’s time at Bronco Oilfield Services, he maintains that management and employees alike ridiculed his injuries and military service by calling him “Forrest Gump,” the fictional character known for being mentally handicapped, wearing leg braces, and serving in the military. After Timothy received his second promotion to field salesman, Timothy asserts that his district manager informed him the general manager and the assistant sales manager were unhappy that Timothy had been promoted into the sales department. Timothy suspected that these two managers were unhappy because of his disability and veteran status.
When Timothy’s first district manager resigned, Bronco Oilfield Services hired a new district manager, who also allegedly noticed the general manager and the assistant sales manager’s dislike for Timothy. In October 2015, the assistant sales manager became Timothy’s supervisor, and, according to Timothy, sent another coworker to tell Timothy, “Either take a job in the field or quit.”
Due to his knee injuries, Timothy knew he could not work in the field since those positions are much more physically demanding. Not wanting to lose his employment, Timothy chose to take a field job. His district manager expressed surprise, saying, “Really? I didn’t think you would be able to.” Timothy shared that two coworkers approached him to tell him that they’d heard management expected Timothy to resign in response to the field duties. In fact, Timothy heard that his boss was already looking for someone to replace his previous sales position.
Unable to perform the field work, Timothy was forced to resign and filed a complaint with the EEOC, receiving a Right to Sue letter in April 2017. Timothy recognizes that he suffered illegal disability discrimination while employed with Bronco Oilfield Services. KM&A advocates on behalf of employees like Timothy who have become disabled by serving in the military to protect our country and then face employment discrimination for that service.
Full text of this complaint, as filed with the District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 4:17-cv-01311-RDM
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