When the Cleveland Browns and WKYC TV, decided to release Bernie Kosar from their preseason broadcast crew, did they even consider the American with Disabilities Act of 1990? Kosar claims he was replaced because of his slurred speech.
The former Browns quarterback also claims his slurred speech is a direct result of the concussions he suffered while playing in the NFL. If Bernie can prove there was talk about his slurred speech, and he can get a witness to testify to the fact that WKYC, did indeed use his disability as part of the reason they replaced him, he could sue and recover damages.
The American with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The law was put into place to protect people from being discriminated against because of a disability. All Bernie Kosar has to do is to find someone that can back up his claim that they replaced him because of his slurred speech and he has got a case.
There is no doubt that Kosar was an expert at his job. He said what was on his mind and some people inside the Browns organization may not have liked what the former QB had to say. The team could of also been concerned about what Kosar would have said about the new coaching staff and some of the players at the start of the preseason.
Bernie Kosar should hire a lawyer that specializes in handling work-place discrimination cases. If Bernie truly feels his slurred speech was the reason he was let go, he could have a case against both the team and the television station.
The American with Disabilities act was put into place to protect the rights of people who suffer from any kind of disabilities. If Bernie feels that is the reason he was replaced, than he should take the proper action.
You can read more about the Americans with Disabilities act by clicking here.
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