Operations manager sues DZSP for wrongful termination

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A man has taken DZSP 21 to federal court claiming the company wrongfully terminated him because he was deemed a medical liability.

The civil action was filed by Robert Westermann, a former operations manager of DZSP 21, who was terminated from the company on June 7, 2019.

According to the lawsuit, DZSP, a federal government contractor, chose to discriminate against Westermann and terminate his employment because of his disability.

The complaint states that the violation occurred following an incident in which Westermann left work early because he was feeling ill. His illness resulted in him being hospitalized for four days.

Westermann claims he returned to work a day after getting out of the hospital and was informed by DZSP Chief Executive Officer Wayne Cornell, that he “had become a medical liability to his company” and that Westermann “had to go.”

Westermann contends this is a clear violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal Rehabilitation Act.

According to Westermann, DZSP 21 was fully aware of his medical disability, adding that the two had a 20-year work relationship and that upon hire, he disclosed the information.

Westermann is requesting a jury trial and a court order preventing DZSP 21 from engaging in unlawful disability discrimination.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.