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Mocking ‘abnormal gait’ is disability harassment

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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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