Youssef Tokko sued Consolidated Edison Company for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) supposedly due to his employer's "discriminatory" conduct based on his race (Arab), national original (Lebanese), and religion (Islam).
While attending a meeting at the company's Learning Center, Tokko asked some "suspicious" questions about manhole safety. As a result, security officials notified police who, in turn, reported the incident to the Joint Terrorist Task Force.
After an investigation, the Task Force concluded that any concerns were "unsubstantiated."
Tokko later claimed, that as a result of PTSD, he wasn't able to pass a "Mechanic B" examination which was required for advancement.
When the New York County Supreme Court denied Tokko's request for relief, he appealed to the Appellate Division, First Department, which was of the view no "discriminatory intent" had been established.
The AD1 thought the report made to investigators was justified in view of the "unusual" questions Tokko posed. And, once the inquiry ended, he was neither "treated poorly" nor "subjected to harassing remarks."
While the AD1 believed Tokko did have a disability claim, since that cause of action was being pursued in a different lawsuit, dismissal of this case was seen as appropriate.
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To view a copy of the Appellate Division's decision, please use this link: Tokko v. Consolidated Edison Co.