Kevin Berling sued its employer for emotional distress after someone ignored his request to avoid a birthday celebration due to his anxiety problem.
Either you hate it or love it. Office birthday parties are, definitely, something I do not miss and, for this man especially, are something he will never forget about. Kevin Berling, an employee at a Kentucky company won a lawsuit after a surprise office party caused him an anxiety attack, and was later fired. For it, he got almost half a million dollars.
Everything started when Kevin told the celebration organized at Gravity Diagnostics, a medical laboratory in Kentucky, that he didn’t want a birthday party due to his anxiety disorder.
According to his lawyers, this person forgot about his request and throw a surprise celebration. As soon as it happened, Kevin got a panic attack and left the building to go to his car, practice breathing techniques and get some alone and quite time while eating his lunch.
His lawyers said that he also texted his manager letting him know that his reaction was due to his request being ignored.
The person who organized the party said to Kevin that she “didn’t do it to be mean”, and that she just forgot to accommodate his request.
But the story doesn’t end here. A day after the incident, Kevin’s co-workers started asking him to stop using coping mechanisms, like “hugging himself” and started to believe he was about to get violent.
According to The Guardian, Kevin’s lawsuit said: “At the conclusion of this meeting and because plaintiff had a panic attack, plaintiff was sent home from work for the remainder of 8 and 9 August.”
When he came back to work, three days later, Kevin apologized to his co-workers, but it didn’t stop the company from firing him through an email, stating that it was due to “the events of the previous week”.
Now, Kevin has won the lawsuit which states that he is entitled to $450,000. Being $120,000 for lost wages and benefits; “$30,000 in future lost wages and benefits; and $300,000 for past, present, and future mental pain and suffering, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, mortification, and loss of self-esteem”, reports the British newspaper.Podría interesarte