September 30, 2005
Johnnie L. Legrair Jr. claimed that his involvement in an automobile accident meant he couldn't look at wrecked cars anymore without triggering a posttraumatic stress disorder. In light of his job as an insurance adjuster, that might have made his employment problematic.
Indeed, Progressive Casualty Insurance ended up terminating Legrair. But in a lawsuit filed September 20 in Ohio's Summit County Common Pleas Court, Legrair contends he was fired because of disability, race, and age discrimination. Legrair, 50, is seeking unspecified damages, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
In his suit, Legrair says he was involved in a car crash with a drunken driver in February 2004, while taking his daughter to college. As part of his job, Legrair visited auto body shops, viewed damaged vehicles, and gave repair estimates. But as a result of the accident, this aspect of his job "affected (him) physically and emotionally, manifesting in posttraumatic stress disorder."
In July 2004, Legrair requested time off; in October, he was given short-term disability, the suit states. By March, Legrair had asked to work half days or be transferred to a job away from body shops. Legrair, who is black, says in the suit that Progressive agreed to the move, but when he was to return to work on March 27, the company fired him. His suit alleges he was replaced by a younger, white worker, despite his qualifications.
Progressive, based in Mayfield Village, Ohio, would not comment on the suit.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal
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