Medal of Honor recipient sues defense contractor

By PAUL J. WEBER | November 29, 2011 | 12:00 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A U.S. Marine awarded the nation's highest military honor is suing a defense contractor that he says cost him a job by characterizing him as mentally unstable and having alcohol problems to a prospective employer.

Dakota Meyer was presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in September, becoming the third living recipient of the nation's highest award for valor.

Meyer filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against his former employer, BAE Systems OASYS Inc. The 23-year-old says the company retaliated after he raised objections to its sale of weapons systems to Pakistan.

BAE Systems spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said Tuesday the company was grateful to Meyer for his bravery but strongly disagreed with his claims.

The lawsuit was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.