Busse Combat Knife Company Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination


CNC Machine Busse Combat Knife Company, located in Wauseon, Ohio violated federal law by discharging one of their employees because of his disability, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit that was filed on Monday, January 22, 2018. The EEOC alleges in its lawsuit that Grant Boss, a CNC operator employed by the company, suffered an anxiety attack and left work due to said attack in June of 2016. When Busse Company learned that their employee Mr. Boss suffered from a generalized anxiety disorder, Busse Company asked Mr. Boss why he did not disclose his disorder at the time of hire, and then ordered him to provide them with a medical note that would clear him for work. Mr. Boss did what was asked of him and provided Bussey Company with a medical note from his doctor,  the note made no difference, Bussey Company proceeded to terminate Mr. Boss because of his disability.

If this alleged conduct is found to be true, it would violate the American’s with Disabilities Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of a disability. The EEOC seeks to recover monetary compensation for Mr. Boss in the form of back pay and compensatory damages for emotional distress, as well as punitive damages.The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Busse Combat Knife Co., Case No. 3:18-cv-00144) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

You cannot fire an employee simply because you learn of an impairment,” said EEOC Trial Attorney Dale Price. “The EEOC will vigorously pursue violations of the ADA when employers base their decisions upon such grounds.” The Indianapolis District Office of the EEOC oversees Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and parts of Ohio.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.


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