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Customs officer files discrimination suit

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A Customs and Quarantine Agency officer has filed a federal complaint against the agency, alleging civil rights violations.  Derrick Guerrero claims the agency discriminated against him because of his disability.  The Customs Officer II had attempted to be reinstated to the Maritime Interdiction Task Force following surgery for a cervical radiculopathy disability. 

Despite being given a doctor's clearance to return to unrestricted duty, Customs allegedly told him he would only be reinstated if he signed a waiver releasing the agency from any liability if he suffered an injury.  Customs also implemented a policy requiring its officers to disclose their personal and medical status to the agency and failure to do so would result in disciplinary action.

The agency later made him give up his duty weapon after he went on medical leave for stress and headaches.

After filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he was given a right to sue letter.  Guerrero has asked the court to be declared duly qualified for a position on the Task Force and to receive back pay dating back three years.

Additionally, he's asked that the court order customs to declare that the policies and regulations implemented discriminated against individuals with disabilities.

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