BUFFALO, N.Y. (Reuters) – The owner of the Buffalo Bills website has sued his former employer over an online ad featuring a cartoon frog and an image of a naked man being shot, a lawsuit filed in federal court said on Thursday.
In a lawsuit the Bills filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, Mark J. Barnett alleges he was discriminated against because of his disability, the lawsuit said.
Barnett’s former employer, the online advertising firm Webstaurant, said in a statement that it “is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our employees.”
Barnett is the son of the late owner Ralph Lauren and is the third-highest-paid NFL player in terms of revenue, Forbes magazine reported in May.
The Bills paid him $1.4 million in 2017, according to Forbes.
The lawsuit claims that Barnett was fired in 2015 because of “an alleged misunderstanding between him and the employer.”
The lawsuit said Barnett is also a plaintiff in two other lawsuits filed against Webstaurus in recent years, including one against the NFL that was dismissed in 2015.