Alex Dumas was injured in a fall eight years ago and her road to recovery was long and hard. A significant part of her recovery process is Hope, a yellow Labrador, that became her certified service dog in August. Hope follows Dumas everywhere and she is trained to help with issues of sight, sound and mobility. Hope helps Dumas with picking up things and balance problems.
Now, Dumas is trying to find a job and whenever she goes on an interview, she takes Hope with her. She has been told by interviewers to put her pet dog back in the car even though she tries to explain that Hope is a service animal. Dumas claims that when potential employers see Hope, everything changes. If employers do not hire Dumas because of Hope, then that may be against the law.
One attorney says that the “American Disabilities Act says an employee or potential employee is entitled to reasonable accommodations, which could include allowing a service dog.” Dumas just wants employers to know what they are doing is wrong and all that she wants is a job so she can support herself.