A Camden County teacher was fired shortly after disclosing that he had a incapacity.
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – One man is taking Camden County to courtroom after he says he was fired one day after disclosing a incapacity. Before he was terminated in January of 2015, he labored for the Camden County’s four-H Youth Development Program.
In his lawsuit, Robert Castleberry says he requested for easy lodging so he might give attention to his work and get away from noises contained in the constructing or from the playground subsequent door. But, he says they might not make that occur for him and as an alternative let him go.
“The way the offices were set up at one part of the building, the walls were literally paper thin, you hear every conversation, every tap of keys,” Castleberry stated.
Castleberry says his “disorder” misplaced him the job he liked; a dysfunction he says they requested him to reveal after telling him he should see one of their docs to get a analysis.
“So it’s Autism Spectrum Disorder, formerly Asperger’s, they kind of folded Asperger’s into Autism Spectrum Disorder so it’s primarily a lot of social issues,” Castleberry stated.
He says it didn’t cease him from thriving within the four-H program.
“I could go in and I could use my creativity in the classroom and I had this ‘Mr. Awesome’ personality, teachers were calling me ,’Mr. Awesome,’ teachers were calling me it, parents were calling me it,” he stated. “And I felt like I belonged and I did fit in.”
The employees evaluations for Castleberry present that he was a revered teacher. These evaluations have been launched the identical month he was fired in 2015:
“Engages students and holds their attention so they effectively receive information about 4H.”
“I think Robert does a fabulous job with the kids. He is always well prepared and the students love 4H days. He is full of enthusiasm for 4H and this is evident to the students.”
“Mr. Castleberry interacts well with the students. He keeps their attention and makes 4H meetings enjoyable for them. They want to do their best when he is here. Mr. Castleberry comes prepared to conduct the meeting.”
“To have something like this occur, to have this perfect job, I could see myself actually continue on, it was just taken from me just because I wanted some accommodations, just because I’m different.”
According to the lawsuit filed in September of 2015, he says they denied his requests for lodging like noise cancelling headphones, which he wore throughout our interview to dam out distracting noises, and being moved to the again room.
Camden County filed a response denying a lot of the allegations, saying “Camden County did not engage in any violation of state or federal law” and “Camden County denies that it violated any of Castleberry’s rights under state or federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.”
First Coast News drove to Woodbine, Georgia to talk with Castleberry’s supervisor. She declined our request for an on digital camera interview. She additionally declined to provide a press release.
As for Castleberry, he’s on the hunt for a job so he can regain medical insurance.
He and his lawyer say they’re on a path to seek out justice.
“People who’ve a incapacity need to work additionally, they need to have a traditional life, they shouldn’t have their incapacity outline them,” stated his lawyer, A.J. Lakraj.
He deposed two of Castelberry’s supervisor’s on Wednesday. He says it is just the start of the case.
First Coast News additionally reached out to Castleberry’s different supervisor who despatched him the official termination e mail, however she has not but responded. This is a creating story.
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