VET FIRED FOR WANTING TO BRING SERVICE DOG TO WORK

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What Happened

Shaun Kettner is a Marine veteran from Appleton, WI. He suffers from PTSD and is embroiled in a struggle with his employer, L & S Electric.

 

“Even if you’re driving down the road, you look at an overpass, you think of a threat. What’s coming from above? You look at a piece of garbage on the side of the road, you think that’s an IED.”    In 2014, Shaun attempted to commit suicide and was hospitalized for 5 ½ months.

 

Operation K9 trained a service dog named, Sig, a Dutch Shepard to help Shaun with his PTSD symptoms.  The cost of training a service dog like Sig can get as high as $10,000.

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Officially Terminated

So, when Shaun’s employer, L & S Electric told Shaun that he could not bring his service dog to work he was surprised and dismayed.  According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, businesses must make ‘reasonable accommodations’ including allowing employees to bring their service dogs to their place of employment.

 

L & S Electric maintained that Shaun did not file the proper paperwork to allow such a concession, however, Shaun denies that.   Kettner said the VA had told him that they were ‘concerned that he would be violating HIPAA laws if he brought Sig to work, so they refused to sign the necessary paperwork.”

 

The employer also said that Kettner was suspended without pay in March. This claim was in light that they devised a plan to help accommodate him with his service dog.  But, that suspension has turned into a termination.  L & S claims that Kettner resigned over the debacle. But Kettner states that he was wrongly fired and did not resign.

 

“I’m terminated from the company,” says Kettner, adding the company is disputing the claim. “They’re telling me that I’ve resigned, but I’ve made many attempts to [show] that I’ve wanted to come back to work. But they won’t allow me.”

It is now a matter for the courts to decide.  James Walcheske, Kettner’s attorney stated, “It certainly was a termination.  That’s not what (L&S Electric) is calling it.”

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