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Family Upset Disabled Man Bullied In Workplace
An Algoma woman contacted us. She believes her mentally challenged brother-in-law is being harrassed at work. Video by nbc26.comvideo
Cindy Bortsh of Algoma contacted NBC 26 for help. She believes her brother-in-law who is mentally challenged, is being harassed at work. She says his co-workers at The Draft Haus in Sturgeon Bay, reportedly recorded her brother-in-law Andy getting harrassed.
"It makes us so disgusted and so upset to think anybody would do that to another human being," said Bortsh. "Andy is a vulnerable adult. He's been in special education his whole life."
Bortsh says the family has been told the restaurant's alleged actions are not criminal, but could someone be punished for the videos? We showed them to legal analyst Avi Berk to find out.
"Obviously someone was recording this, putting it on You Tube, wanting to make fun of this individual," said Berk. "Sometimes there are certain types of claims that can be brought by these types of actions."
In a statement about the You Tube videos--The Draft Haus states: "The owner and manager of the Draft Haus are disappointed to hear the allegation that some of our employees may have infringed upon this individual's rights. We will be looking into the situation to assure that our staff is respectful, and sensitive to the rights of persons with disabilities."
But for Andy's family,they say the damage is done.
"That is inappropriate and unacceptable," said Bortsh. "It's for the authorities to decide what's appropriate punishment. Not us."
Shortly after we called The Draft House for comment the You Tube videos were taken down. We wanted to talk to Andy about the incidents, but his family tells us he didn't want to go on-camera.