Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination.
A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the feds are using his belief in ghosts as an excuse to fire him, The Post has learned.
“This seems strange to some people, but for religious Catholics like myself, many feel as I do about this — that there are spirits in the world and they sometimes show themselves and are more likely to be doing this in and around hospitals, where people suffer and die,” he told The Post.
The VA initiated a long and bitter legal battle to permanently exorcise Vaher because, it charges, he’s basically too crazy to be a cop.
In February, he was stripped of his gun, placed on modified duty and reassigned to another New Jersey facility for “making bizarre statements and displaying unusual behaviors,” according to a letter from VA Deputy Police Chief Bernais McNeil.
Vaher has been labeled a safety risk to his co-workers due to his rants about evil spirits. He was, in fact, fired once before, but was reinstated by a judge last year. He’s convinced his work site is haunted. This is apparently fueled by his devout religious tenets.
However, where is the evidence? Is this how police officers make their cases stick? By stories that aren’t backed by physical or documentable evidence. He sounds like he’s incapable of being objective and focusing on his job. Is there a law that requires an employer to keep an employee who is judged as being disruptive?
Vaher has been in another tiff with law enforcement. He filed suit in 2010 against the Orangetown police Department saying they harrassed him. Vaher had a gun collection and claimed the police raided his house. Several altercations are listed to have occurred.
Maybe when you are the source of this much trouble in your community, it just MIGHT be you, not everyone else to blame.