Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hey, want 75 g's?...just freak out when you get fired....

Rights panel backs fired bipolar sufferer

TORONTO - The Ontario Human Rights Commission has awarded damages to a man with bipolar disorder who was fired by his Ottawa employer.

In a statement yesterday, the commission said that ADGA Group Consultants Inc. made no attempt to accommodate a man named Lane, who worked briefly for them as a quality assurance analyst. His first name was not released.

According to the commission, Mr. Lane told his employers several days after he started that he had bipolar disorder and asked for certain accommodations. They included watching Mr. Lane for signs he might be moving toward a manic episode; contacting his family and doctor; and occasionally allowing him time off.

While waiting to meet with his supervisors to discuss the matter, Mr. Lane became increasingly agitated. At the meeting, he was fired, triggering full-blown mania that sent him to hospital for 12 days.

He later became depressed and was unable to work. He had to sell his home and his marriage collapsed.

The commission found ADGA terminated Mr. Lane because of his disability and made virtually "no investigation as to the nature of his condition or possible accommodations within the workplace."

Mr. Lane was awarded more than $75,000 in assorted damages.

Article here.

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