A disabled student in Staten Island, NY was allegedly fired from his internship at a UPS Store on Forest Avenue because his disability was bothering the customers.
Lauren, a teacher with AHRC New York, sharing her story on Facebook, claims her disabled student (who’s name is being withheld because of his age and by request of his parents) received four weeks of on-site coaching at the UPS Store. That ended today when the manager requested a meeting with Lauren and explained her student couldn’t continue his internship. From the teacher:
“His exact words to me were, ‘my customers keep asking what the fuck is wrong with him'”
It didn’t end there. The manager allegedly made comments about the student’s “unusually large” size because a uniform would be required for the student to work in the store.
Aside from what potential Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) laws this could be breaking (we’d guess a few), the situation has spiraled into an emotional one for the child, his family and teacher.
The student’s teacher was shocked by the manager’s behavior but stressed how uncommon this is:
“Staten Island is typically known to be extremely disability friendly and this is the first time I have ever experienced something like this and I’ve been working with my agency for four years now.”
According to Lauren, the student and his family are now distraught over the situation. The mother has reached out to UPS’ corporate offices.
We spoke to the store’s manager who had no comment and referred us back to UPS Store’s public relations department (we’re awaiting comment).
Since it is there new slogan, maybe the United Problem Solvers can come up with a way to fix this.