Longview man claims he suffered discrimination because of ADHD

Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 4, 2009, 5:22am

MARSHALL � A Longview resident alleges that his employer violated the Civil Rights Act by failing to accommodate his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Acting as his own attorney, Joseph Haynes filed the federal discrimination lawsuit against TCIM on May 28, 2009 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

The 29-page complaint accuses the company of religious discrimination, employment discrimination,and violations of the American's with Disabilities Act.

During his four-month employment for the company, the plaintiff states his supervisors said he needed to get a disability check.

Haynes stated he was treated fairly during one month but during the other months, he believes his supervisor discriminated against him by removing his name as the top seller.

Haynes accuses TCIM of not accommodating his learning disability. He claims the disability affected his focus, concentration, ability to understand consequences and the ability take things seriously.

Haynes admits he was written up on numerous occasions but believes the company did not explain what he did wrong.

The lawsuit argues the defendant failed to provide insurance benefits, retaliated for filing letters opposing discrimination and failed to provide EEO training to supervisors.

Haynes is seeking damages for mental anguish, economic loss, pain and suffering, lost wages and lost benefits.

Currently, TCIM has not responded to the allegations.

U.S. District Judge T. John Ward will preside over the litigation.

Case No 2:09cv170

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