Medal of Honor Recipient Sues Former Employer
Does Dakota Meyer have a case?
- Duration 6:22
- Date Nov 30, 2011
Does Dakota Meyer have a case?
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We'll tell escorted back in session on the docket today ripping a real American hero to a potential employer.
Dakota -- receiving the medal of honor in September.
He drove a humvee.
Into it and any enemy ambush five times.
Saving 36 lives in Afghanistan.
After he returned home the Marines spent three months working for a defense contractor called.
That is until he complained about BAE systems selling top of the line technology to Pakistan.
While US troops got outdated equipment.
Meyer decided to leave -- systems and he was on the brink of a new job until BA -- Allegedly told the new employer that Meyer was a poor employee mentally unstable.
And had a drinking problem.
And now the 23 year old Meyer is suing be able.
So because he had a case let's ask our panel defense attorney David Wolf and former prosecutor John -- billboard.
Is does he have a case I mean can he go up against BA systems.
For what he says his defamation for seeing these things get a drinking problem he's mentally unstable.
And on and on it goes.
Are there what he's mentally unstable Megan I want to be that man has had some extraordinary.
Accomplishments is his life.
And on the scale of one to 1010 being a serious case of defamation this is -- eleven I mean there's no question about it.
There's no evidence he has a drinking problem is family members have commented that it's the exact opposite he's a very -- In control personality.
As far as his mental instability goes no evidence of that whatsoever it make -- do you think -- vetted him maybe get a background check before they awarded him.
The highest medal.
Indian military in the history of the military of course they did.
What this is is retribution for that email he sent about the pakistanis being provided top of the line equipment when the American soldiers.
Did not have it.
That's -- we've got to tell you can't claim is this is this is not about any drinking problem or mental instability this is about BA he being upset that he complained about them selling.
Top of the line weaponry to Pakistan while our soldiers get you know.
The crappy stuff John Roberts right John.
I mean how you tell me BAA comes to you and says we got a real problem we got a medal of honor recipient.
This is suing us for defamation forget aiming his stellar sterling.
What do you tell B eight.
I agree that once you receive the medal of honor you should be able to everything else -- your resume nothing else matters that the top of the top.
But if I'm representing his former employer I think I'm the first candidate tried to argue.
Is that he's actually a public figure so that even if these comments were made to a prospective employer with Al announced element you can't go after.
Well they did it says you got the malice element because they're doing this to retaliate against him you know for -- for raising concerns about their sales.
Well you know let's not forget.
-- a what's a second that you're gonna argue well the second thing I'm going to argue is that.
Our medal of honor is that it actually quit the job he got so upset about the condition that he was working in -- that what they were doing.
They actually -- but he -- she's not.
Suing and get his job -- he's suing them because when -- submitted his you know.
-- you wanted to get a new job but maybe need needed a recommendation from his old employer and instead of giving a good recommendation.
They maligned him David this is why -- this is why so many employers say.
Even though you're the greatest employee ever.
-- -- Giving you a letter of recommendation it's just policy we don't give -- when you good we don't give when you bad because.
We're gonna get sued by somebody if -- -- on -- get a bad one.
And let's assume that he -- a public figure like John says not concede that make it but this was particularly vicious because.
This is -- these -- personnel issues which by their very nature are confidential.
They go up to the new employer and say he's got a drinking problem.
And mentally ill -- -- in these type of cases where it's defamation in the employment.
In the employment of a person who's been defamed.
Damages are presumed you don't even have to prove damages this is going to be a slam -- -- my guess is there's going to be a settlement very soon well this go away but you're always quietly because this -- in America.
It usually when you get sued for defamation -- is the company defended by saying it's true if it's true it's not defamatory John so you know could this wind up.
Becoming just to spectacle where you've got an I want to say the guy who fired him at BA he is himself a former decorated marine sniper.
So you're gonna have a decorated marine sniper up against the medal of honor recipient.
And you know does it does it cancel each other out you know if if this sky this former marine sniper can really back up his claims -- -- then -- of defamation suit will go white.
Well the truth is the defense always and I would hate to think that -- that the public battle whether he has a drinking problem whether he's mentally unstable because I.
The mentally unstable really what does it mean it doesn't have an objective definition.
You covered accidents and war your 29 years old UC 36 -- -- taking -- expire this guy.
I mean you if you haven't read what he did look it up.
-- and there's going to be a little bit of you know residual effect on you that doesn't necessarily make you unstable vagina.
Maybe it does maybe they're gonna prove that.
Maybe they -- like I said I don't want that to be at the forefront of this lawsuit so that might be a settlement but I think you're exactly right -- know employers that they anything I don't care how good or bad the employee as but I think this guy is a public figure he got here route and that's -- to save his former employer and a.
That that that's the thing is that you.
You know when they ask you wanted to UN CS for the people who are really good.
And then people asked who were not good you want to know to and that's where you get the problem because I want to say nothing than they get upset and they can't get a recommendation from me.
Mixing in -- -- got for -- right when this is the amber with state praise be to get sued for that too I -- with just don't do it you.
No I don't.
You know -- -- the good part of this equation is that there's got to be more offered -- -- -- hero and I can't believe any employer wouldn't let them.
This is -- -- Democrat I was calling him to congratulate him when it was announced he's gonna get this -- router or -- And he couldn't take a call because he he was working you line in the call back -- -- -- -- that's his work at a construction job got to run thank you both so much we will be argument.