Deaf Employee Sues Albertsons Over Workplace Mistreatment
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 18, 2005
FORT WORTH, TEXAS--A Fort Worth man filed a disability-discrimination lawsuit recently against his employer, Albertsons, and a coworker for mistreating him because he is deaf.
William Monteleone, 39, claims that some employees at the Albertsons Distribution Center in Fort Worth hurled cans and bottles at him; his supervisor mocked him by acting deaf, then yelling in Monteleone's face; and forklift driver Charles Davis gunned the engine and ran the machine toward Monteleone.
The suit seeks unspecified damages against Albertsons and Davis.
"We really hope that this litigation will improve the workplace not just for him but for other workers who are deaf or hard of hearing," Monteleone's attorney Karen Fitzgerald told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
"Deaf man's suit claims taunts by boss, co-workers" (Star-Telegram via Houston Chronicle)