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No window desk? That'll cost you $33M, she says in suit
New York Daily News ^ | May 26, 2007 | Mike Jaccarino

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.

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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


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The sharks are eating their own.
1 posted on 05/26/2007 1:16:26 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

“In a related story, a sufferer of kleptomania has sued his employers, claiming that they refused to provide items for him to steal.”


2 posted on 05/26/2007 1:18:56 PM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: Zakeet

She has a good case; maybe worth 3 years lost salary since 2004, no more.

The publicity can’t hurt her.


3 posted on 05/26/2007 1:21:59 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Zakeet; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Red-on-red, baby!


4 posted on 05/26/2007 1:22:16 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("I AM A SEXY SHOELESS GOD OF WAR!!!" --http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0439.html)
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To: Zakeet

Next, she’ll want a corner office.


5 posted on 05/26/2007 1:22:20 PM PDT by SIDENET (Since Mexico controls our country, can I vote in their elections?)
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To: Zakeet

I hope the next airline ticket agent she deals with tells her only aisle seats are available.


6 posted on 05/26/2007 1:22:58 PM PDT by rickmichaels (God Bless America, Land That I Love)
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To: Zakeet
Dontfraid was cited as an "exemplary employee" for Binder & Binder, a Park Avenue law firm specializing in disability claims....

Wow a law firm specializing in disability claims being sued for violating someone's disability. Dayum, that's some karma right there.

7 posted on 05/26/2007 1:24:45 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA (argumentum a silentio)
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To: Zakeet

She could have bought one of these SAD lights intead of kvetching:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/popupnowrap.cfm?objectid=ED4FC15B-653D-46A5-A72BD5292FBC6CF8&method=display_full


8 posted on 05/26/2007 1:28:00 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: Zakeet

I guess BSG Promotions never quite took off.

http://www.ultimatetalent.com/message-board-forum/about42.html

http://www.ultimatetalent.com/message-board-forum/about43.html

“Recording artist”? More like con artist.


9 posted on 05/26/2007 1:29:25 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: SoftballMominVA

Ayup.


10 posted on 05/26/2007 1:29:43 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Old Professer

It can’t? Like I am going to hire her?

(Can you say, not on a bet?)


11 posted on 05/26/2007 1:30:47 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: patton

Well, she is a “public speaker”. Maybe she’s trying to drum up a few gigs.

http://www.pantica.com/clients/CarylDontFraid/index.php


12 posted on 05/26/2007 1:43:06 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Old Professer
The publicity can’t hurt her.

It now makes her unemployable.

13 posted on 05/26/2007 1:44:20 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I buy gas for my SUV with the Carbon Offsets I sell on Ebay!)
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To: L98Fiero

Might want to hire an editor that speaks english.


14 posted on 05/26/2007 1:49:22 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: L98Fiero

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.”

Yikes!


15 posted on 05/26/2007 1:49:24 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: Zakeet
I'm ashamed of you freepers--jumping on this poor woman like that. Can't you see that besides the illnesses she says she has, she must suffer from IQ shortage and/or deep poverty. She wasn't even able to go out and buy herself a damn lamp and a bright lightbulb for her desk!

Tsk-tsk-tsk! /sarc

16 posted on 05/26/2007 1:56:32 PM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Zakeet

Put a sunlamp on her desk and call it even.


17 posted on 05/26/2007 2:00:27 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Zakeet

Dontfraid.

Dont be VERY fraid.


18 posted on 05/26/2007 2:05:03 PM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: Zakeet

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.


19 posted on 05/26/2007 2:06:01 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: Zakeet

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.


20 posted on 05/26/2007 2:08:32 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Zakeet
Let's see: she's suing her employer, who specializes in suing on behalf of people with disabilities, because she herself has a disability. I wonder if the law firm will sue themselves in this case? *CHUCKLE*


21 posted on 05/26/2007 2:09:23 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Fred Thompson in '08, baby!)
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To: Zakeet

Binder & Binder....that schmuck with the natty leather fedora on his TV commercials


22 posted on 05/26/2007 2:10:30 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: ErnBatavia

How SAD!!!!


23 posted on 05/26/2007 2:13:52 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (If your representative will not vote for Term Limits, vote for the candidate who will.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
“I am currently on tour in the New York City area, where I speak about my life with depression to school children.”

Boy, that sure sounds like a lot of fun for the kids.

24 posted on 05/26/2007 2:15:22 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: LibFreeOrDie
I thought of that epi of Northern Exposure with a bunch of them wearing SAD light glasses for the duration.
25 posted on 05/26/2007 2:18:06 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Zakeet
Looks sad to me. /s
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26 posted on 05/26/2007 2:18:34 PM PDT by David_G_Burnet
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To: Zakeet

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.


27 posted on 05/26/2007 2:18:49 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: ErnBatavia
FEDORA?

You’ve got to be kidding. Who wears those? Besides a few 100 year old guys that might still be around and mobile?

28 posted on 05/26/2007 2:21:10 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Zakeet
Dontfraid is a nut case I would avoid. She is playing the “sue anybody for anything” game like a true sociopath.
30 posted on 05/26/2007 2:21:33 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: slow5poh
after seeing that picture, I’m surprised she didn’t accuse racism as well. makes me sick, just another freeloader looking for a free ride.
31 posted on 05/26/2007 2:23:32 PM PDT by slow5poh
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To: SoftballMominVA
Wow a law firm specializing in disability claims being sued for violating someone's disability. Dayum, that's some karma right there.

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!

32 posted on 05/26/2007 2:24:58 PM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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The nice lawyers help their clients collect Social
Security disability payments. You can read more
about them here.

33 posted on 05/26/2007 2:28:19 PM PDT by Zakeet (Be thankful we don't get all the government we pay for)
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To: hunter112

Ambulance chasers, indeed. They should rename it Binder, Binder & Schumer.


34 posted on 05/26/2007 2:29:34 PM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: hunter112

Sounds like the old joke title: Douwe, Cheatem and Howe.


35 posted on 05/26/2007 2:31:51 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: basil
>I'm ashamed of you freepers--jumping on this poor woman like that

If the Muslims win
and take over the country,
lawsuits like this one

almost certainly
would get handled in a way
that would make us smile...
36 posted on 05/26/2007 2:34:17 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: SIDENET

Next, she’ll 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”.....


37 posted on 05/26/2007 2:35:19 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Zakeet
This is very encouraging! I have SDS! Sand Deficiency Syndrome. I just discovered it while reading this post! This Particular variety of SDS requires a slight pinkish tint to the sand ... Hmmmm ... something like you can find in the Bahamas! Think I can get this HR and my boss?
38 posted on 05/26/2007 2:36:24 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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She spoke to Hill and "reiterated her need to be placed in a different workplace as a reasonable accommodation," and was fired later that day, the suit alleges.

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

39 posted on 05/26/2007 3:10:15 PM PDT by Popman (New American Dream: Move to Mexican, cross the border, become an illegal. free everything)
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To: Truth29

“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.


40 posted on 05/26/2007 3:10:27 PM PDT by mombyprofession
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Place her near a bathroom, get a mirror and train the reflection of the sunlight onto her desk, because she is full of........


41 posted on 05/26/2007 3:16:00 PM PDT by WildcatClan (Substance before style, actions before words, Duncan Hunter for President '08)
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To: Zakeet

At least they didn't take away her red, Swingline stapler.

42 posted on 05/26/2007 3:22:40 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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"Dontfraid was cited as an "exemplary employee" for Binder & Binder, a Park Avenue law firm specializing in disability claims."

LMAO.......God I love it. After, undoubtedly, filing dozens of totally bogus such lawsuits on behalf of their lazy-assed, blood-sucking clients....they get a taste of their own medicine from within their OWN outfit. Toooooooooooo funny.

43 posted on 05/26/2007 3:25:06 PM PDT by RightOnline
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Here's her next office. Dontfraid better dontthowstones.


45 posted on 05/26/2007 4:09:19 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: patton
(Can you say, not on a bet?)

Look at post # 26. If she applies, you must hire her or she will sue you for discrimination. Just hope she never applies.

46 posted on 05/26/2007 4:09:54 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Zakeet

All she needed was one of those light panels which they use in the Nordic countries. She didn’t ask for one.


47 posted on 05/26/2007 4:15:34 PM PDT by montag813
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To: theFIRMbss
"If the Muslims win and take over the country, lawsuits like this one almost certainly would get handled in a way that would make us smile...

hmmm, I wonder how those burka clad lovlies avoid this dreaded ailment? Maybe it's just bull...

48 posted on 05/26/2007 4:22:14 PM PDT by theymakemesick (Under sharia law, bacon will be illegal in Americistan, reason enough to keep islam out of America)
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To: mamelukesabre; SortaBichy
Well, gay guys do..as well as certain shysters.


49 posted on 05/26/2007 4:25:49 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Zakeet

Sheesh, I spent $90.00 on a Verilux light and didn’t think about suing my employer.

http://www.sylvane.com/verilux-mini-sunshine.html


50 posted on 05/26/2007 4:32:51 PM PDT by muggs
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