Employee claims Publix denying him the use of his service dog

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Hunter Sewell scratches the back of his service dog, Shadow, a three year old German Shepard mix at his Fort Myers Beach home on Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. Sewell, who has epilepsy, has been alerted of an upcoming seizure a number of times by Shadow and needed him during his work. Sewell's employer, Publix, has told him that the dog is not allowed back after a recent seizure Sewell had.

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SCOTT MCINTYRE/STAFF Hunter Sewell scratches the back of his service dog, Shadow, a three year old German Shepard mix at his Fort Myers Beach home on Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. Sewell, who has epilepsy, has been alerted of an upcoming seizure a number of times by Shadow and needed him during his work. Sewell's employer, Publix, has told him that the dog is not allowed back after a recent seizure Sewell had.

The 31-year-old Fort Myers Beach man, who suffers from epilepsy, said he was illegally denied use of his service dog at the Publix on Estero Boulevard where he has worked part time for the past year.

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