Wall Street securities firm LaBranche & Co. agreed to pay former trading assistant Peter Servidio $500,000 to settle his disability harassment lawsuit.
Servidio suffers from bipolar disorder and claimed that his superiors did nothing to stop co-worker harassment about his ailment. Servidio claims co-workers referred to him as "psycho" and openly commented he could hurt someone if he "went postal." Eventually, the treatment became so severe he claimed he had to quit.
The company admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to train employees about disability harassment and prevention.
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