The Burlington Free Press: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a Pizza Hut franchisee over allegations that a 13-year employee with Down syndrome was fired in September 2004 by a manager who said "these kind of people shouldn't work."

The civil suit, filed Sept. 30 in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vt., said the dismissal of 35-year-old Zachary Teller from a Brattleboro, Vt., Pizza Hut came "without any warning or attempt to discuss Teller's work with Teller, his mother or his case worker" and the dismissal was done with "malice or with reckless indifference" to Teller's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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