Lawsuit alleges forcing 4-year-old autistic boy to wear mask on planes is discrimination
SANFORD, Florida. – An emergency injunction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court in Massachusetts to deal with a lawsuit filed by a Sanford man alleging the federal mask mandate discriminates against him and his son.
Michael Seklecki sued and said his 4-year-old son, also named Michael, needed to travel to Boston for specialized medical treatment for his autism spectrum disorder.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court on January 28, 2022. The defendants are listed as Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Department of Health & Human Services, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and “many yet-to-be-named employees of the 2 companies aerial.’
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The lawsuit alleges the mask rule is “unlawful discrimination against people with disabilities.”
Seklecki said he and his son could not tolerate wearing a face mask due to his generalized anxiety disorder and his son’s autism spectrum disorder.
“When I tried to put a muzzle on him he refuses and starts screaming. If I try again he says things like ‘Take that thing off me I’m scared I can’t breathe , I don’t like it,'” Seklecki said of her son in the lawsuit.
The transport mask’s federal mandate is due to expire on March 18, 2022.
News 6 has contacted the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Department of Health & Human Services, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines for comment.
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