After an extended period of good performance for his employer, The Cash Store, employee Sean Riley requested time off in order to deal with his bipolar disorder. The Cash Store denied his request and then fired him shortly thereafter. Reilly had informed his employer about his bipolar disorder before he was hired, even though there is no requirement to tell a potential employer about any medical condition (including mental/emotional disorders ) you may have. Judge Edward Shea of the United States District Court for Eastern Washington agreed with Reilly that he was fired for his bipolar disorder, rather than for the various explanations provided by the employer. The Court ruled that these rationales were merely a pretext for discrimination.
Reilly received $6,500 in back wages, plus an additional $50,000 for emotional pain and suffering.
The Court also issued a three-year injunction, requiring The Cash Store to “train its managers and human resources personnel on anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws.”
You can read the full story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/judge-rules-favor-fired-employee-bipolar-disorder/story?id=16079631#.T6Af_XmBz_0.
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