Disabled Former Army Captain Sues McDonalds For Discrimination

Montalvan said on two separate occasions he went to a McDonald’s restaurant and was told by employees that dogs were not allowed. Montalvan tried explaining to the employees that his dog Tuesday was not a mere pet, but was a service dog. He was finally served, but was harassed so badly he left the restaurant.

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December 1, 2009

Disabled Former Army Captain Sues McDonalds For Discrimination

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New York, New York (AHN) – A disabled veteran is suing McDonalds for $10 million because he said he was discriminated against, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The incident took place at a restaurant in New York City.

Luis Carlos Montalvan, 36, is a former Army captain who was injured in Iraq. He lives in Brooklyn with his service dog Tuesday. Montalvan served two tours of duty in Iraq. During that time, he was injured in a knife and hand grenade attack. The attack left him with spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Tuesday is a golden retriever who helps him balance out his life issues, assists with his mobility and provides emotional support.

Montalvan said on two separate occasions he went to a McDonald’s restaurant and was told by employees that dogs were not allowed. Montalvan tried explaining to the employees that his dog Tuesday was not a mere pet, but was a service dog. He was finally served, but was harassed so badly he left the restaurant. Montalvan wrote a letter to the company. An area McDonald’s supervisor issued a written apology to the war vet and said all employees would receive appropriate training. The supervisor even put stickers on the doors stating no pets were allowed with the exception of service animals. Montalvan thought he had made progress.

A few weeks later, Montalvan returned to the establishment. A different manager told him there were no pets allowed. Montalvan directed the manager to the sign. The manager left him alone. Montalvan came back two days later to find the restaurant closed for health code violations. He took out a camera to take pictures. This is when he said unidentified McDonald’s employees attacked him; punching him and hitting him with plastic trash can lids.

Although there were no visible injuries, Montalvan said he suffered a pinched nerve – from shielding himself from the attack – a migraine and emotional distress.

Sen. Al Franken, who won his first legislative victory with implementation of a service dog program, coincidentally met Montalvan at an inaugural ball in Washington. Franken has kept up with Montalvan since the meeting, and in an e-mail from Franken to him, calls what happened to Montalvan “an awful, bizarre story.”

Montalvan said all he wants is for people to be understanding of those with disabilities, especially those who served their country proudly.

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