SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A U.S. Marine given the nation's highest award for valor is suing a defense contractor that he says ridiculed his Medal of Honor, called him mentally unstable and suggested he had a drinking problem, thereby costing him a job.
Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor in September, two years after the young corporal saved 36 lives during a six-hour ambush in Afghanistan.
In a defamation lawsuit filed in Texas, Meyer alleges that his former employer, BAE Systems OASYS Inc., ruined his chances at landing a new job by telling a prospective employer that he was a poor worker during a three-month stint this year.
A BAE Systems manager said Meyer "was mentally unstable, that Sgt. Meyer was not performing BAE tasks assigned and that Sgt. Meyer had a problem related to drinking in a social setting," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, seeks unspecified damages.
BAE Systems spokesman Brian Roehrkasse told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the company was grateful to Meyer for his bravery but strongly disagreed with his claims. Roehrkasse called Meyer's actions in Afghanistan heroic and wished him success.
Attorneys for Meyer did not return a phone message Tuesday.