TOLEDO, Ohio (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Jan. 19 against Busse Combat Knife Company for allegations of discharging an employee because of a disability.

According to the EEOC, former Busse Combat employee Grant Boss suffered an anxiety attack in June 2016 and left work. Boss, who worked for the company as a CNC machine operator, suffered from generalized anxiety disorder.

Upon learning about the diagnosis, Buss Combat allegedly asked why Boss had not disclosed the information at hire, and ordered him to provide a medical note that would clear him for further work. Boss purportedly submitted a medical note but the company allegedly fired him anyway because of his disability. Purported conduct of this nature violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"You cannot fire an employee simply because you learn of an impairment," said EEOC trial attorney Dale Price in a statement. "The EEOC will vigorously pursue violations of the ADA when employers base their decisions upon such grounds."

EEOC’s Indianapolis District Office oversees agency operations in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and parts of Ohio.

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