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Kentucky man sues his employer for throwing him a birthday party and wins

A Kentucky man sued his employer after throwing him a birthday party he didn’t want, and jurors sided with him. Now his employer owes him $450,000. The verdict was delivered this week in Kenton County Circuit Court in northern Kentucky. The plaintiff, an employee of Gravity Diagnostics, sued his employer after he was fired following a birthday party they threw for him in August. being the center of attention” will cause him to have a panic attack. The employee asked the office manager a few days before his birthday in August not to have a birthday party like they did to other employees. Then, on August 7, the employee’s birthday, the office held a lunchtime birthday party in the lunchroom, according to the lawsuit. The employee said that ‘he found out about the party on his way to his lunch break, which triggered a panic attack. Text message to the office manager, asking why she hadn’t responded to his request not to have a party The following day, the employee was called to a meeting, in which he said he was “confronted and criticized” by the office manager for his reaction to the birthday party. This meeting then sparked another attack panic, and the employee asked the office manager to stop, according to the lawsuit. was then sent home for the next two days, and that weekend he was told he was being sent home “because of the events of the previous week. “The employee sued Gravity Diagnostics alleging disability discrimination and retaliation. According to the lawsuit, the employee said that because Gravity Diagnostics failed to accommodate his anxiety disorder, the birthday party and the events that followed left him “suffering from loss of income and benefits, emotional distress, and mental anxiety,” the employee, agreeing that Gravity Diagnostics violated Kentucky law that protects disabled workers against “adverse employment actions”. In total, the jury awarded the employee $450,000 in damages. Of that, $300,000 was for emotional distress, while $150,000 $ were for lost wages.

A Kentucky man sued his employer after throwing him a birthday party he didn’t want, and jurors sided with him.

Today, his employer owes him $450,000.

The verdict was delivered this week in Kenton County Circuit Court in northern Kentucky. The plaintiff, an employee of Gravity Diagnostics, sued his employer after he was fired following a birthday party they threw for him in August.

According to court documents, the employee told the office manager that birthday parties triggered his anxiety disorder and that “being the center of attention” would cause him to have a panic attack.

The employee asked the office manager a few days before his birthday in August not to have a birthday party like they did for other employees.

Then, on Aug. 7, the employee’s birthday, the office held a lunchtime birthday party in the lunchroom, according to the lawsuit. The employee said he discovered the party on his way to his lunch break, which triggered a panic attack.

The incident caused the employee to “leave the office suddenly and spend his lunch break in his car.”

The employee texted the office manager, asking why she hadn’t responded to his request not to have a party.

The following day, the employee was called to a meeting in which he said he was “confronted and criticized” by the office manager over his reaction to the birthday party. That meeting then sparked another panic attack, and the employee asked the office manager to stop, according to the lawsuit.

The employee was then sent home for the next two days, and that weekend he was informed that he was terminated “due to the events of the previous week”.

The employee sued Gravity Diagnostics for disability discrimination and retaliation. According to the lawsuit, the employee said that because Gravity Diagnostics failed to account for his anxiety disorder, the birthday party and the events that followed caused him to “suffer a loss of income and benefits, emotional distress and mental anxiety”.

The jury sided with the employee, agreeing that Gravity Diagnostics violated Kentucky law that protects disabled workers from “adverse employment actions.”

In total, the jury awarded the employee $450,000 in damages. Of that amount, $300,000 was for emotional distress, while $150,000 was for lost wages.