ADA COVER DOES NOT SHIELD EMPLOYEES FROM SEXIST OUTBURSTS SAYS COURT
News by Editorial Team 11 Jan 2019
Disability, even when covered by Americans with Disability Act aka ADA cannot be the ground for an employer putting up with a rude employee with a taste for unprofessional behavior. This pretty much sums up the mood and the verdict of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Columbus Division in Kassa v. Synovus Bank case. Synovus Bank fired Tony Kassa who worked as a technician, over his “nothing personal, I hate working with women” comment on a female colleague while interacting with a second woman over the phone. The court held up that the Federal law does not oblige the bank to put up with the employee outburst even if caused by a disability. Kassa, a U.S. Army veteran was under treatment for over a decade for a host of neurosis, alcohol addiction and paranoid personality disorder, which he had disclosed to the employer as a request to not to put him in an interactive setting.