NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leaders in New Hanover County have new claims to consider from the elected leader they removed from office earlier this year.
Brian Berger claims his fellow commissioners discriminated against him and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a charge filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Berger claims he has "been subjected to discrimination based on my disability and retaliation for complaining of the same violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990," according to the paperwork.
Nowhere in the charge does Berger name his disability, but his attorney Chris Anglin said his client has autism during the amotion hearing in May. When asked about the condition after the hearing, neither Berger nor Anglin would elaborate.
It was the first time since Berger's election that anyone had referenced the condition in public.
The county will file its own information with supporting documents, according to the paperwork. Meditation between the two groups is an option to resolve the matter.
The EEOC can dismiss a claim for several reasons according to the commission's website, including the EEOC not having jurisdiction, a claim could be filed in an untimely manner or if an investigator will not be able to find discrimination.
Woody White, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said Monday night that he had no comment to the claim.
A message to Berger has not been returned at the time of this report.