A Kentucky man sued his employer for a birthday party that he didn't want and won a $450,000 judgment!
The man said he told his employer, Gravity Diagnostics, that birthday parties trigger his anxiety disorder and that he could likely have a panic attack from "being the center of attention". He asked that his bosses not hold a party for him.
His employer threw one anyway during an August 7th, which the guy found out about as he was headed to lunch. He had a panic attack, then "left the office suddenly and spend his lunch break in his car", according to court documents.
The next day, the man's employer "confronted and criticized" him over his reaction to the birthday party - which only caused another panic attack.
After asking his boss to stop, the employee was then sent home for the next two days, and that weekend, he was notified that he was being fired "because of the events of the previous week."
He sued for "disability discrimination and retaliation" and a jury awarded him $450,000. $300,000 was for emotional distress, the rest was for lost wages.
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