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FBI found in violation of workplace anti-discrimination laws

Within the last decade, thousands of men and women have bravely served and protected U.S. interests in wars and conflicts abroad. The men and women serving in our country's armed forces have made many personal and physical sacrifices to ensure our nation remains free and safe. Unfortunately, some service men and women who return to the states have encountered difficulty acclimating to civilian life and finding jobs as they continue to be challenged by both mental and physical injuries.

One 30-year-old former U.S. Army member was recently awarded a $75,000 settlement related to a discrimination lawsuit he filed against his employer. The 30-year-old, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, was injured in 2004 when a defective grenade went off while he was holding it in his left hand. The young man's hand was blown apart and he was fitted with a prosthetic hand upon returning to the U.S.

 

The young man enrolled in college with hopes of one day working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2009, upon graduating from college, he was offered the position of special agent with the FBI. During his training, however, the man asserts he was treated differently by superiors and often subjected to additional tests.

One requirement of FBI special agents centers around being able to shoot a handgun with a certain percentage of accuracy. Because of the injury to his dominant hand and prosthesis, the former military member had honed his shooting skills with his right and non-dominent hand. Doing so, however, FBI officials contended didn't fulfill the shooting requirements for FBI special agents.

As a result, the man was discharged from the special agent training program. In response, the man filed a discrimination lawsuit in which he recently prevailed. He was awarded a sum of $75,000 related to damages and a judge will soon rule on whether or not he will be reinstated to his former position with the FBI and allowed to pursue a special agent track.

Source: Courthouse News, “Amputee Veteran Nails FBI on Discrimination,” Jack Bouboushian, Aug. 12, 2013 

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