I think I was discriminated against?
by, 05-Jun-2014 at 16:36 (684 Views)
What I am about to tell you is most unpleasant so please bear with me as I explain. I believe that I was in fact discriminated against by a public employee. Before I begin to tell you what happened I believe it's appropriate to tell you about the rules and regulations of public transportation systems(specifically the bus system in the U.S). According to those rules as long as I am not otherwise violating the rules I am allowed to stand on a Bus without the consent of anyone including the driver. I have confirmed this fact independently from multiple authority figures within the Bus system I use. The reason why I usually stand on a bus is because I recently became IC and have yet to find a diaper that would handle my 250 pounds of weight when I sit down on it without leaking. I stand because if I have a accident on the bus the seat I was never sitting in would be ruined and according to the rules ruining a seat like that happens to be grounds for permanent ban from being allowed to use the bus ever again. That is the reason why I stand on the bus. I.E it's impossible for me to make a bio-hazard out of the seat when I was not sitting in it in the first place.
Last month a driver became increasingly agitated with me when I refused to sit down after telling her that I had a medical condition that made it necessary for me to stand (there where other passengers who ordered me to sit down and I ignored them outright) Keep in mind that I did not explain that I was IC to anyone on that bus. Well instead of calling her dispatcher again (she had called her supervisor on her radio in the past for roughly the same reason except no incident occurred in the past) The Bus driver decided to lie to federal police officers in order to remove me from the bus.(this particular driver had been told by immediate supervisor in the past that I did not even need a reason to stand on the bus and she is playing ignorant about this right now) I got off the bus without incident of course because I did in fact receive a lawful order from that cop to do so. I told the cops in a pre-written message intended for the driver (who refused to see the message) why I had to stand and the cops just said I needed a written doctors notice that I allegedly (not really) needed.
I filed charges against the Union that represents the driver as well as the bus company for failing to reasonably accommodate my handicap. we are in negotiations now. Now your probably wondering why file charges against the Union correct? Because the driver is still working for the system because the Union protected the driver even though she did in fact lie to a police officer and there's video taped evidence of this fact. The Union currently operates on a seniority based system in regards to their wages, benefits, perks, etc. I want to set up a merit based system where the employee in question gets their wages, benefits, perks, etc. based upon a performance assessment test instead. Your probably wondering why then how does this help what was done to me correct? Well you see most of the bad drivers we have happen to be individuals who have a lot of seniority and abuse the current system and because of the way the current seniority based system is set up the Union is rewarding this unprofessional behavior for the drivers own selfish and petty reasons. I have witnessed this for the 12 years that I have taken public transit.
I just want to know one thing is it wrong of me to have to threaten legal action in order to fix this problem? I really don't like doing this but it is necessary it seems and I am hoping that negotiations go well. Please tell me what if anything I might be doing wrong because whatever happens this is going to effect me for the rest of my natural life as I require the public transportation system to go anywhere.