Cash Kramer v. Qwest Corporation
Cash Kramer worked for Qwest Corporation (which effectively operates as Centurylink in Washington) for nearly 17 years. Through no fault of his own he got electrocuted on the job and nearly died. Mr. Kramer’s near death caused him to make an L&I claim. While on L&I leave two of Mr. Kramer’s co-workers drove to his house – – a house that sits on 10 acres in a rural part of Spokane County. At the time his co-workers were arriving Mr. Kramer was exercising his Second Amendment rights to shoot his firearm. When the co-workers arrived Mr. Kramer stopped shooting, offered his co-workers the opportunity to shoot his gun (they declined), and helped his co-workers try to find the work related items they were looking for. The co-workers left Mr. Kramer’s property without incident. However, nearly one year later when Mr. Kramer informed Qwest that he had healed from his injury and ready to return to work on light duty, Qwest used Mr. Kramer’s discharging of his firearms as a pretext for terminating his employment in wrongly claiming that Mr. Kramer’s shooting his gun on his own property while off duty threatened his co-workers. A copy of Mr. Kramer’s complaint for disability discrimination and discharge in violation of state public policy (exercise of Second Amendment rights) is available here.
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