Customs officer may withdraw complaint - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

Customs officer may withdraw complaint

Posted: Updated:

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A Customs and Quarantine Agency officer who filed a federal complaint against the agency, alleging civil rights violation, may move to dismiss the action.  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. During an in chambers pre trial conference, his attorney Daniel Somerfleck requested a continuance of the case to further discuss the possibility of dismissing the case. 

Another hearing will be held on October 7.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • EPA says they'll publish all documents online

    EPA says they'll publish all documents online

    "We had no intention in not being transparent" - this according to Guam Environmental Protection Agency Director Walter Leon Guerrero at a GEPA meeting late today. The agency recently responded to KUAM's FOIA request for documents pertaining to copious amMore >>
    "We had no intention in not being transparent" - this according to Guam Environmental Protection Agency Director Walter Leon Guerrero at a GEPA meeting late today. The agency recently responded to KUAM's FOIA request for documents pertaining to copious amMore >>
  • Store owner helps man held at knifepoint

    Store owner helps man held at knifepoint

    It was a scary moment for a man on his way to get breakfast at a Harmon store. Court documents state the victim in this case had encountered Paul Nisarafach just moments prior on the road. The victim reported Nisarafach was driving slow, so he overtook anMore >>
    It was a scary moment for a man on his way to get breakfast at a Harmon store. Court documents state the victim in this case had encountered Paul Nisarafach just moments prior on the road. The victim reported Nisarafach was driving slow, so he overtook anMore >>
  • Public auditor candidates lay out visions

    Public auditor candidates lay out visions

    The three candidates for Public Auditor appeared at a forum hosted by the Rotary Club. Outgoing Speaker Benjamin J. Cruz, Acting Public Auditor Yuka Hechanova and Dr. Doreen Crisostomo each gave an introduction, sharing their background and credentials. TMore >>
    The three candidates for Public Auditor appeared at a forum hosted by the Rotary Club. Outgoing Speaker Benjamin J. Cruz, Acting Public Auditor Yuka Hechanova and Dr. Doreen Crisostomo each gave an introduction, sharing their background and credentials. TMore >>
Powered by Frankly