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April 28, 2014

Federal agency sues New Castle company

NEW CASTLE — A federal agency claims a New Castle company failed to grant unpaid leave to a veteran with a disability.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission makes the allegation in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against Ezeflow USA.

The suit alleges that the firm failed to provide Adam Brant “with a reasonable accommodation of unpaid leave, and subsequently terminated his employment because of his actual disability in violation of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act.)”

Brant worked at Flowline Corp., which is a division of Ezeflow USA. The facility is located off Butler Road in Shenango Township.

Brant is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and has post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court

He was hired in September 2012 as a maintenance technician. The suit says he experienced “highly frequent seizure episodes related to PTSD” from December 2012 to January 2013.

A neurologist recommended he be off work for six weeks “and specifically restricted him from driving, heights and working with heavy machinery.”

He subsequently requested unpaid leave. At the time of the request he had not yet completed his 90-day probationary period, the suit says. In December 2012, the company denied his request and terminated his employment, the suit says.

The suits asks the court to order back pay, compensatory and punitive damages for Brant.

An attempt to reach a company official was unsuccessful.

(Email: jmanna@ncnewsonline.com)

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