Bend Paralympic athlete sues Home Depot for $1.5M after termination
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Bend Paralympic athlete is suing Home Depot for $1.5 million, claiming the company did not consider her disability when it fired her in 2017.
The Bulletin reports in a complaint filed Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court, Barbara Buchan claims that after suffering a concussion in a fall at work, management fired her for keeping $11 worth of presentation materials in her vehicle overnight.
Buchan suffers from a traumatic brain injury sustained in 1982 when she was competing for a spot on the U.S. Cycling Team. Buchan later achieved success as a Paralympic athlete before she started work at the Bend Home Depot in 2006.
She's seeking damages for lost wages for claims including retaliating on a worker's comp claim and disability discrimination.
The Atlanta-based corporation has yet to be served with complaint and a spokesperson declined to comment.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com