Lawsuit Regarding Use of Emotional Support Dog Claims Employment Discrimination
A New Jersey construction worker has filed a complaint in Passaic County against his former employer for terminating him because he brought his emotional support dog to work with him. The plaintiff is asserting discrimination based on his use of the emotional support dog for his mental health conditions, which the plaintiff disclosed to his former employer when he began work in September of 2019. Before bringing the dog to work, the plaintiff made his employer aware that his treating physician prescribed the dog.
The lawsuit claims the plaintiff’s supervisors refused to accommodate the dog and refused to discuss the need for an emotional support dog at the job site. The plaintiff was subsequently fired on January 5, 2020. The lawsuit claims the employer violated the plaintiff’s civil rights under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination by failing to offer reasonable accommodations for his dog and by unlawfully terminating his employment.
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