Federal agency sues New Castle company on veteran's behalf

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The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today sued a New Castle company, saying it failed to grant unpaid leave to a veteran with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

According to the complaint in U.S. District Court, pipe-fitting maker Ezeflow USA Inc. hired Adam Brant in September 2012. Mr. Brant is a former Marine with time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Brant has PTSD and as a result "experienced highly frequent seizure episodes" in late 2012 and early 2013, according to the complaint.

He asked for six weeks of unpaid time off, according to the complaint, but was denied, "and, as a consequence, terminated his employment because of his disability."

The denial of the unpaid leave violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the complaint by EEOC attorney Debra Lawrence.

The complaint calls on the court to order back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages for Mr. Brant.

Ezeflow officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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