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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."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
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To: Larry Lucido

Fascinating building - where is it?


51 posted on 05/26/2007 4:55:16 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Pardon, but I work for a scientific firm - we don’t have to hire anybody.

It is kind of cool - NONE of the rules apply to us.

Anyone who thinks they were slighted, is welcome to file suit.

Many have.


52 posted on 05/26/2007 5:00:31 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Larry Lucido

can you imagine how much windex they go through in a year


53 posted on 05/26/2007 5:05:19 PM PDT by drlevy88
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To: Zakeet


SAD light $225. Tell the B#tch to buy her own.
54 posted on 05/26/2007 5:09:04 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: patton

Good question, not sure if it’s art or for real. Google image search of “glass houses” led here http://www.personism.com/2006/11/16/glass-house/

There is a link to a slideshow with more angles.


55 posted on 05/26/2007 5:18:11 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: Larry Lucido

Do you see the stone pile in the middle?

Fits the golden ratio, like Saaleck.

Fascinating stuff.


56 posted on 05/26/2007 5:22:57 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: SoftballMominVA

Is she going to hire her own company to prosecute itself?


57 posted on 05/26/2007 7:16:14 PM PDT by Ronin (Ut iusta esse, lex noblis severus necesse est.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie; muggs; Zakeet
She could have bought one of these SAD lights intead of kvetching

Good point. And then she would have had a chance of getting better. I'm no expert here, but I really dont think a room with windows would have provided the kind of intense light needed to treat her condition. She is confusing daylight with direct sunlight. World of difference.

Also, I dont think you can get very much in the way of punitive damages under the disabilities act. No where near a million bucks, let alone 33 million.

This gal has a few screws loose, that's fer sure.

58 posted on 05/26/2007 7:25:34 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: LibFreeOrDie; muggs; Zakeet
She could have bought one of these SAD lights intead of kvetching

Good point. And then she would have had a chance of getting better. I'm no expert here, but I really dont think a room with windows would have provided the kind of intense light needed to treat her condition. She is confusing daylight with direct sunlight. World of difference.

Also, I dont think you can get very much in the way of punitive damages under the disabilities act. No where near a million bucks, let alone 33 million.

This gal has a few screws loose, that's fer sure.

59 posted on 05/26/2007 7:27:53 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: patton

Good fortune on your part. If you work in other areas, the rule may well apply, particularly if you do big contracts for the government.


60 posted on 05/27/2007 11:54:56 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

My company does $8B a year for the government.


61 posted on 05/27/2007 12:00:45 PM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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