Former employee, Binasto Edmund, says he was fired from his job because of his disability and while he was recovering from back surgery.
Guam – The Pacific Islands Club is facing allegations of discrimination in District Court. A lawsuit was filed against them by a former employee who says he was fired while recovering from back surgery.
The ex-employee, Binasto Edmund, was fired from PIC back in July 2013. At the time he was the chief steward. Edmund alleges in court documents that PIC was well aware and even approved medical leave for Edmund for his back surgery.
Edmund says PIC also knew that he may be needing to extend his medical leave to recover, which Edmund notes was backed by his doctors who also sent the company letters requesting the extension.
But Edmund says he was not allowed to return to work after he recovered from surgery. Edmund says PIC was under the wrong impression that he had abandoned his job. But Edmund believes this is a blatant violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act which prohibits an employer from discriminating against employees with disabilities.
Edmund says in court documents that he had never had a problem at work and despite his back problem, was able to perform him job as expected. Edmund is suing for $5 million in exemplary damages “in order to deter PIC from acts that are in violation of the ADA.”
The company had not filed a response to the complaint as of news time.
You can read the complaint by clicking on the file below.