A highly decorated US Marine says a manager at defense contractor BAE Systems called him “mentally unstable” and alleged he had a drinking problem.
Sgt Dakota Meyer, 23, is suing BAE for defamation for comments made after he was critical of planned sales of advanced sniper scopes to Pakistan.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest US military accolade, for saving 36 lives in Afghanistan.
BAE told the Wall Street Journal it “strongly disagreed with his claims”.
A spokesman said, though, that the firm wished him “success and good fortune in his endeavors”.
Sgt Meyer was the first living Marine awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
In a court filing in San Antonio, Texas, Sgt Meyer says a supervisor maliciously made “false and defamatory” remarks and that he interfered with his prospective employment “without legal justification”.
“We are simply taking the best gear, the best technology on the market to date and giving to guy that are known to stab us in the back.” Said Sgt. Meyer.
The supervisor, Bobby McCreight, became hostile towards Sgt Meyer after the former Marine expressed his disapproval of BAE’s attempts to sell advanced thermal optic scopes, the filing says.
After leaving Ausgar Technologies, another defense contractor, in March 2011, where he trained soldiers on optical equipment, Sgt Meyer had taken a position with BAE.