Gianforte Remains Silent on Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
HELENA – Days since news broke that New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte was sued by a former employee alleging he was fired when Gianforte discovered he had multiple sclerosis, Gianforte has yet to comment.
“Firing someone after discovering they’re battling a condition like multiple sclerosis is disgraceful, and speaks to Greg Gianforte's character," said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. "It is just another reason why he’s wrong for Montana.”
The lawsuit outlines the experience of a former Gianforte employee after his boss learned he had multiple sclerosis. It shows Gianforte signaling out the employee and questioning if he could “handle” his job. Shortly after, the lawsuit alleges that the employee was told his services were no longer needed and terminated from the company – yet someone else was brought in to fill his position.
The lawsuit alleges Gianforte "engaged in unlawful handicapped discrimination in violation of plaintiff's rights." The employee sought damages for economic loss, emotional stress and anxiety, and "harm to personal and business reputation."
This is not the first time Gianforte has been called out for discrimination. He has long funded a school that does not admit students with disabilities.