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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Binder & Binder....that schmuck with the natty leather fedora on his TV commercials
Boy, that sure sounds like a lot of fun for the kids.
Binder and Binder...the sharks fleecing the US taxpayer(i.e. social security) so you don’t have to. Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of fellas.
I have DAS the inverse of sad, I call it “Deliberately Avoiding Sunlight”. I loathe sunlight. It blinds me, burns my skin, washes out my monitor and makes my truck too hot. Give me cloudy overcast days please. Perhaps my fair skin, redish blonde hair, and northern European ancestry has something to do with it. I could also be a vampire.
You’ve got to be kidding. Who wears those? Besides a few 100 year old guys that might still be around and mobile?
Yeah, Binder and Binder, the very worst of the ambulance chasers in the business. Around here, you can't watch an hour of daytime television without seeing one of their ads looking for malingerers. Karma, indeed!
The nice lawyers help their clients collect Social
Security disability payments. You can read more
about them here.
Ambulance chasers, indeed. They should rename it Binder, Binder & Schumer.
Sounds like the old joke title: Douwe, Cheatem and Howe.
Next, shell want a corner office.”
With an executive bathroom.......
This is one of the most stupid lawsuits I have ever heard of. 3 feet from the window wasn’t good enough? How was the desk situated? I would be tempted to show her the window-—from the OUTSIDE and ask her is she is related to Spiderman.
Boy oh Boy am I glad I no longer hire/fire “employees”.....
I think this lady needs to understand the meaning of reasonable
I used to do the final interview for hiring all new employees where I worked.
Part of my interview process was to make sure the potential employee understood the Americans with Disabilities Act and what reasonable accommodation meant.
I basically told them if you have a "documented" disability of any sort you need to tell me so we are in compliance.
Thanks Bush #41
“Sounds like the old joke title: Douwe, Cheatem and Howe.”
It’s funny- I have 3 friends named Mike- Dodge, Slaughter & Lynch! I thought they’d make the perfect law firm name.