A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marines who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder said his employer refuses to allow him to come to work with his service dog.
— FoxNewsInsider (@FoxNewsInsider) July 8, 2017
Yauncey Long appeared on “Fox & Friends Weekend” and told host Pete Hegseth that he applied for a “reasonable accommodation” to allow his service dog, C-4, to accompany him, but so far his employer, Cincinnati Bell, has yet to give him a reasonable answer.
“I don’t think they understood exactly how to process that accommodation,” he told Hegseth.
Each day for a week his bosses at the Midwest telecommunications company sent him back home without pay when he arrived with C-4 at his side.
“I signed in every morning just to make sure that I was doing my part to let them know that I was there ready to work,” he said.
Part of the problem may have been that while Long has been employed by Cincinnati Bell for well over a year, he only received C-4 recently from an organization that provided canines to wounded warriors.
According to Long, the company treated the service dog “as if it was an option” rather than a needed accommodation for the injuries he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan.
“The dog is really, really helping me with my symptoms,” he told Hegseth, adding that while accompanied by C-4 he was able to “go grocery shopping for the first time.”
Fox News received this statement from the employer after making inquiries on Long’s behalf:
Despite repeated efforts, we have yet to receive any information regarding the current status of Yauncey’s condition and its effect on his ability to perform his job. We have encouraged and and continue to encourage Yauncey to report for work and perform his job duties, which entail on-site, residential telecommunications installations.
Long, however, disputes the statement, saying that he has provided Cincinnati Bell with all the documentation they’ve requested.
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Responses on social media were overwhelming in Long’s corner.
I think across the board as a former fed employee,. Once we become a liability in their view, were disposable.
— PJBoards (@BoardsPj) July 8, 2017
— Anne M Green (@DrygoodsDesign1) July 8, 2017
This is wrong! I would welcome him if I had a business.
— Mary M. Marty (@maymar635) July 8, 2017
This seems like crap to me.
If this vet can’t work without his dog, then He’s not ready to work.
— John Phipps (@IntellectShorty) July 8, 2017
There are 3 people at my church who have service dogs! 1 VET 2 children with epilepsy! There’s never ever been a problem with the dogs! ??
— Baby Leje (@baby_leje) July 8, 2017
Still, one could see where a canine companion could pose problems.
Great guy and thanks to him for his service. But woiuld he have to take his good 4-leg friend on house calls? Seems a little awkward
— David Buhlman (@sheeplib) July 8, 2017
Another received a response directly from Cincinnati Bell.
We’re a proud supporter of veterans & active military. For more info inquiries can be sent to the President PO Box 693 Cincinnati, OH 45201.
— Cincinnati Bell (@CincyBell) July 8, 2017
If Long gets no satisfaction from Cincinnati Bell, he may want to give his local Lowe’s home improvement store a try. One Lowe’s location hired both the veterans and his service dog.
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