Employees who are suffering from depression, anxiety or other psychological problems may be disabled, but that doesn’t mean they’re excused from following the rules.
For example, employers don’t have to tolerate threats, even if the threats concern the employee’s disability.
Recent case: Enrico Lopez worked for AT&T until he was terminated. Lopez has post-traumatic depression and suffered from panic attacks. He attributed some of the panic to his supervisor.
AT&T fired Lopez for violating its no-threats policy after he told his supervisor, “I know where you live” and stated that his condition was “like being at war and killing people.” Lopez sued, alleging he was terminated because he was disabled.
The court dismissed the case, reasoning that threats don’t have to be tolerated from any employee. They are a legitimate, independent basis for termination. (Lopez v. AT&T, No. 11-11491, 11th Cir., 2012)
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/30554/threatening-behavior-trumps-employees-disability-claim "