A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a claim of disability harassment against an employer whose CEO is accused of referring to an employee who walks with an abnormal gait as a result of a stroke as “a cripple.” The EEOC’s lawsuit also claims the CEO also mockingly imitated the way she walks, and told her that she was being a “hysterical basket case” when she objected to that treatment. (EEOC v. Mont Brook, Inc. d/b/a The Cleaning Authority of Plainfield)
The lesson: Besides being cruel and heartless, such behavior is illegal.
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