An Open Letter to A Certain EEOC Deputy District Director, Part 4

It Took Batman 7 Months to Write 1 Page of Text

Dear EEOC Deputy District Director,

[Continued from Part 3] …I believe that sometime prior to May 19, 2017, and possibly as early as August, 2016, the man I’m calling “Batman”, acting unlawfully with respect to Title 18 U.S. Code § 241., abused his position as attorney representing my former employer “XYZ”[8] in order to organize an extra-judicial posse of my former colleagues – which is to say a gang of vigilantes — and together this posse eventually plotted to “injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” me in my “free exercise or enjoyment” of at least two legal rights guaranteed to all of us by the United States Constitution. In particular, this posse has worked to block my right to protection under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and also my right to due process under the Law.

Regarding my exercise of the ADA – Batman took 7 months to write one page of text.

I think the single most damning piece of evidence that I have of the truth of my allegations is the easily (for you and/or the FBI) confirmable fact that despite my persistent and enthusiastic attempts to accelerate the process, Batman and his posse took 7 months to write a single page of text required to document the reasonable accommodations that I had requested from XYZ in October, 2016 and which I require for my psychiatric disability[9]. To clarify, I made my original request for these accommodations in October, 2016, and Batman’s posse finally gave me the 3rd revision of this single page of text 7 months later in May.

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This picture represents the fact that it took Batman and his Justice League Gang 7 months to write just 1 page of text. Image Credit: Pixabay

Most importantly, and as documented in countless emails that should still be on XYZ’s email servers, during that time I struggled continually to persuade these people to move faster. Had I any semblance of control over the situation, they could have completed this task in less than a month. The fact that it took them 7 months was entirely their own doing. To my view, this clearly demonstrates that these people were actively attempting to block my exercise of my rights as an autistic person to the protections offered by Title I of the ADA.

I respectfully implore you to obtain from XYZ the complete record of my attempts to attain reasonable accommodation. If you can obtain that complete record (all the emails exchanged), I’m sure you will come to agree that Batman and his posse have violated Title 18 U.S. Code § 241.

Here is a link to the 1 page of text that took Batman and his Justice League Gang 7 months to write: Reasonable Accommodations. Note that the date on the document is May 10, 2017. I was fired just 9 days later for an alleged violation of XYZ’s “Code of Conduct”.

Here is a link to the form I originally filled out in October 2016 to request reasonable accommodation for my disability: Original Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

Continue with Part 5


[8] As explained in Part 2, I’m using pseudonyms, mostly drawn from the fictional world of DC Comics, in order to help protect the guilty’s chances of receiving a fair trial. For example, “Batman” is the attorney who represented my former employer. As an exception to the DC Comics naming scheme, I’m using “XYZ” or the “XYZ Insurance Company” to represent my former employer

[9] By way of context for these events, in November 2016, roughly a month after I first requested my reasonable accommodations, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Roughly a month prior to that request, in September 2016, and in direct response to a job-related disagreement I’d been having with a colleague, and which had been dragging on for many weeks by that point, I began to manifest a life-long pattern of symptoms that are comorbid with my autism and which are probably best described as a form of anxiety attack. These kinds of anxiety attacks are overwhelming for me. In their more extreme form they correspond closely, I believe, to what is known in the autistic community as “autistic melt down”. During these attacks, while I do retain a great deal of control over my own overt behavior (many autists seem not to share this capability during meltdown episodes) and can appear fairly calm when they happen, I have almost no control over my own attention, which becomes very intensely and stubbornly focused on the task of resolving the particular concern that provoked the anxiety in the first place.

By the way, I am actually having one of these attacks as I write these very words. In fact, letters such as this one are the most visible way that my autistic anxiety manifests. In this case, the “concern” on which my attention is autistically focused so stubbornly is the possibility that I actually might get fired from my new job now because I’m too obsessed about how I got fired from my previous job.

In any case, in September 2016, and in response to a work-related disagreement with a colleague, I began to have one of these anxiety attacks, which over the years have wrought a great deal of havoc in my life in general, but especially in my attempts to stay gainfully employed. Recognizing from lots of difficult experience with these sorts of anxiety attacks  that I was embarking on a downward spiral that was doomed to end in my leaving my job for one reason or another, and following conversations that I’d had about it with my sister and my wife, I decided to seek medical attention for this issue, which my family and I had amateurishly diagnosed as some form of Bipolar Disorder (subsequently refuted and replaced by Autism Spectrum Disorder in November, as previously explained), and to request reasonable accommodation from my employer for my job. Again, I made my initial request to XYZ for reasonable accommodation in October, 2016, and it then took Batman and his posse 7 months to grant my request, and even then the accommodations still needed to be revised, although they illegally fired me before that could happen.

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