Skip to comments.No window desk? That'll cost you $33M, she says in suit
Posted on 05/26/2007 1:16:24 PM PDT by Zakeet
She's definitely not a woman for all seasons.
A Connecticut secretary who suffers from the "winter blues" is suing her ex-employers for $33 million, claiming they wouldn't give her a well-lit desk with a window view.
Caryl Dontfraid says she has seasonal affective disorder, which causes depression during the fall and winter and can be alleviated by exposure to bright light.
"She wanted to work closer to a window with good light," her attorney, Robert Campos-Marquetti told the Daily News. "This is a request that could have been easily accommodated."
Dontfraid was cited as an "exemplary employee" for Binder & Binder, a Park Avenue law firm specializing in disability claims.
But things soured after she told supervisors on Sept. 14, 2004, about her condition, she claimed.
"She asked if it was possible for her to work at home during certain times of the year and we said, 'No,'" said David Hill, a Binder & Binder supervisor.
Hill said Dontfraid's new seat was just 3 feet from a window.
"I said, 'Why don't you give it a few days? If you're not comfortable, I'll do my best to accommodate you,'" Hill recalled.
"She just refused to take her work station ... What was I going to do? Workers have to work."
Dontfraid declined to comment, telling a reporter, "I'm not going to go there."
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“In a related story, a sufferer of kleptomania has sued his employers, claiming that they refused to provide items for him to steal.”
She has a good case; maybe worth 3 years lost salary since 2004, no more.
The publicity can’t hurt her.
Next, she’ll want a corner office.
I hope the next airline ticket agent she deals with tells her only aisle seats are available.
Wow a law firm specializing in disability claims being sued for violating someone's disability. Dayum, that's some karma right there.
She could have bought one of these SAD lights intead of kvetching:
I guess BSG Promotions never quite took off.
“Recording artist”? More like con artist.
It can’t? Like I am going to hire her?
(Can you say, not on a bet?)
Well, she is a “public speaker”. Maybe she’s trying to drum up a few gigs.
It now makes her unemployable.
Might want to hire an editor that speaks english.
From her Website:
“I am currently on tour in the New York City area, where I speak about my life with depression to school children.”
Put a sunlamp on her desk and call it even.
Dont be VERY fraid.
I love the fact that crooked lawyers are suing crooked lawyers.
The woman’s case is of course a flaming crock of equine feces, but so also is much of what lawyers do to us. Pass the popcorn, this is going to be EXTYREMELY enjoyable.
This is a known issue for everyone. Too bad! I bought my wife one of those all spectrum lights and it helped her. It doesn’t really bother me.
I want a top floor corner office with an admin assistant. I wonder how they’ll treat my request.