January 27, 2012 / Media Mention

Lisa Whittaker quoted in Business First article about disabled veteran discrimination

Lisa Whittaker, an Associate in Porter Wright's Labor & Employment Department, was quoted in the Columbus Business First article, "Vet disability discrimination case shows risks of hostile work environment," which highlights an article Whittaker recently wrote for the Firm's blog, Employer Law Report.

Read Whittaker's original blog post: Sixth Circuit Orders Reinstatement and Overturns $4.4 Million Front Pay Award in Vet's Disability Discrimination Case.

From Columbus Business First:
"A recent case puts a spotlight on the difficulties disabled veterans face when they try to get back to work, according to a legal briefing in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP’s Employer Law Report.

"... He returned to work at a Detroit tank manufacturing plant where he claimed his supervisors and co-workers harassed him by calling him a “cripple” and didn’t give him an equal workload. McKelvey, according to Porter Wright, complained to several supervisors and was told conditions wouldn’t change and had it suggested to him that he should find another job.

“... 'With the increase in military personnel returning to the workplace, including many with disabilities, employers will need to be vigilant in detecting and eliminating harassment,' Porter Wright Associate Lisa Whittaker told Columbus Business First in an email. 'Now is the perfect time to train management and employees about harassing behavior and the consequences.'"