Unpublished Dispositionbilly G. Asberry, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States Postal Service, Preston R. Tisch, Defendants-appellees, 860 F.2d 1078 (6th Cir. 1988)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 860 F.2d 1078 (6th Cir. 1988) Oct. 24, 1988

Before MERRITT, BOYCE F. MARTIN, Jr., and MILBURN, Circuit Judges.


This case has been referred to a panel of the court pursuant to Rule 9(a), Rules of the Sixth Circuit. Upon examination of the record and the briefs, this panel unanimously agrees that oral argument is not needed. Fed. R. App. P. 34(a).

This pro se plaintiff appeals the district court's order granting summary judgment to the defendants in his handicap discrimination suit, filed under 29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq. Asberry, a former employee of the postal service, sought reinstatement and back pay, alleging that his 1983 discharge violated the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. § 7513, and that he had been discriminated against based on his handicap. He has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. His discharge was upheld on appeal by the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Upon consideration, we conclude that the district court correctly affirmed the decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board, as it was supported by substantial evidence. See Meehan v. United States Postal Service, 718 F.2d 1069 (Fed. Cir. 1983). Furthermore, summary judgment on plaintiff's handicap discrimination claim was proper, as plaintiff did not establish the existence of evidence to support his case. See Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 327 (1986). Plaintiff did not establish that he is a "qualified handicapped" person, that the postal service knew of his handicap, or that his handicap could be accommodated. See Jasany v. United States Postal Service, 755 F.2d 1244, 1248-49 (6th Cir. 1985); Swann v. Walters, 620 F. Supp. 741, 747 (D.D.C. 1984); Treadwell v. Alexander, 707 F.2d 473, 478 (11th Cir. 1983); 29 C.F.R. Sec. 1613.702(f).

Accordingly, the district court's judgment is hereby affirmed. Rule 9(b) (5), Rules of the Sixth Circuit.