On Donald Trump Mocking the Disabled

I preface this by noting that this is not a political blog.

That said, there are many reasons why I think Donald Trump should/must not be president. As a plaintiffs’ civil rights lawyer, the most glaring is his apparent mocking of a disabled reporter. It was cruel, unnecessary, and the opposite of presidential.

Take a look:

In the employment discrimination context, evidence of disability mocking can be cited as evidence of a hostile work environment. For example, in Lewis v. Blackman Plumbing Supply L.L.C., 51 F. Supp. 3d 289 (S.D.N.Y. 2014), the court denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff’s disability discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act, citing (among other things) a manager’s “particularly mean-spirited mocking of [plaintiff] in front of a customer because [plaintiff] was walking slowly and with a pronounced limp.”

If Serge Kovaleski were Trump’s employee, and he pursued a disability-related claim against him, the above video would be Exhibit A.

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