OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - Oak Creek native Justin Slaby spent two-and-a-half hours telling a federal jury that he was discriminated against from the first day he applied to become an FBI agent.
The 30-year-old Slaby is a former Army Ranger who lost his left hand while training for his fourth tour of duty in the war on terror.
He applied to become a special agent, and was dismissed from a training academy in 2011 after instructors said he could not properly use his prosthetic left hand to maneuver a weapon.
Slaby insists the agency prejudged and never really gave him an opportunity.
The FBI did put him on a hostage rescue team, but he said he’s still frustrated because it does not reflect his real goals.
Slaby’s wife Jennifer said his rejection was quite a blow to their family. She said her husband was the first disabled person to walk through the training academy door and, “He won’t be the last.”
The testimony came on the fourth day of Slaby’s discrimination trial in federal court in Alexandria Virginia. The government will start making its case on Monday. The case is expected to go to the jury early next week.