Court finds for Smith & Wesson in employee discrimination case
By Jared Morgan
File: Smith & Wesson was one of the busiest booths on the SHOT Show floor, as the company debuted several new and popular handguns. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
A Massachusetts court last month found that Springfield-based Smith & Wesson did not discriminate one of its workers whose employment had been terminated after he took medical leave.
Terrell Bostick said the gun maker violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act when it fired him on May 28, 2014, for taking time off for his anxiety, for which Bostick had been receiving treatment, according to court documents.
Smith & Wesson contended that Bostick had, in fact, failed to provide medical documentation for an extension to the unpaid leave the gun maker provided to its employee on March 18, 2014, a day after he “abruptly left the job and handed his badge to a security guard,” court documents say.
Because Bostick did not file the proper paperwork for the extension, Smith & Wesson, after repeated requests for that paperwork, determined he terminated his employment.
Bostick worked for the company assembling firearms on the third shift. His job took concentration and required him to work “quickly and efficiently,” court documents say.