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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