Man claims the City of Pittsburgh declined to hire him due to his ADHD condition

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A person with a disability is suing the City of Pittsburgh, a city, citing alleged disability discrimination and failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

Christopher Gibbs filed a complaint on Nov. 20, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the City of Pittsburgh, alleging the city breached its duty of good faith and fair dealings.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges he has suffered an adverse employment decision by the defendant in not hiring him for a job position as a police officer as a result of the wrongful conduct of the defendant in discriminating against him due to his record of disability and/or was regarded as having a disability for a documented diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), despite exemplary performance reviews from previous jobs in the United States Marine Corps, the Reynoldsburg Police Department, and the Village of West Liberty Police Department. 

The plaintiff holds the City of Pittsburgh responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected plaintiff to discrimination due to his disability, and failed to consider several previous employment roles that he had commendably performed and/or for being ranked No. 14 out of more than 550 candidates for a police officer position in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant for compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs, and other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Alec Wright of The Law Offices of Timothy P. O'Brien in Pittsburgh.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 18-cv-01563.

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