A company will compensate a former employee for $450,000 for throwing a birthday party without his consent

A man sued his employer for causing him anxiety with a surprise party.

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A man named Kevin Berling, a resident of Kentucky, sued the company he worked for for throwing him a birthday party. even though he had previously reported that this type of situation generated stress.

medical company, Gravity Diagnostics must now compensate Berling for a total amount of $450,000 dollars, for emotional distress and other charges for lost wages, due to emotional leave.

Although the sentence has just been made public, the events took place in 2019, when in his office they decided to celebrate the birthday of this employee, as is customary with all employees. The detail is that Berling told her employers that “such events and celebrations caused her stress and anxiety” and she did not want the celebration.

His companions ignored his warning and the day of his birthday. On his lunch break, Kevin Berling ran into a surprise party, causing him to have a panic attack. and had to leave the office.

In addition, upon his return he was the victim of bullying by his co-workers, who accused him of being “poopers” and behaving like a “girl”. Upon being molested, the Kentucky resident he had a second panic attack to the point of being sent home on a week’s break.

Berling was then able to meet with his boss and another co-worker and express his frustration. The lawyer for the medical company pointed out that at that time there was a discussion with “verbal aggression” for which he was fired. Until then, the affected employee had had an impeccable attitude in his workplace, his lawyer said.

The company Gravity Diagnostics alleged that they feared for everyone’s safety and defended themselves by saying that there was a “violation of the company’s policy of violence.”. However, Berling’s attorney, Tony Bucher, alleged “discrimination on the basis of his disability” in the lawsuit.

“He had a panic attack. That’s it. And, because the Gravity Diagnostics representatives didn’t understand her panicked response and were puzzled by her response, they assumed she was a threat. Assuming that people with mental health problems are dangerous without any evidence of violent behavior is discriminatory.”

Tony Bucher.

The final sentence was made by Judge Patricia Summe, of a court in Kenton, Ohio. The same sentenced that Berling “suffered an adverse labor action due to his disability” not respected.