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Insensitive remarks cited in discrimination lawsuit

Workers with disabilities in Florida and across the United States can have difficult roads ahead after surgeries or when taking new medications. Sometimes both can have side effects that can make work life uncomfortable and even embarrassing. The effects of medical treatments should be handled delicately and without insensitive remarks from employers, and disabilities should never lead to unlawful terminations.

An out-of-state man who worked for company that makes pork rolls claims he lost his job due to medical consequences that were beyond his control. The man's wife -- who was also his co-worker -- filed the complaint in a federal court against their former employer. Her husband suffered from morbid obesity and had a gastric bypass surgery performed. After his surgery, he allegedly suffered a hostile work environment.

The surgery caused the man to suffer from some difficult side effects. He had nearly constant diarrhea and regular flatulence. Their supervisor purportedly made inappropriate comments to the man and his wife when the smell of the man's gas became overpowering. Allegedly, the supervisor made a comment to the wife that something must be done about her husband, as the smell was going to deter visitors.

The man allegedly continued to suffer from the comments about his flatulence until he finally lost his job. His wife resigned the same day because of the insensitive remarks made about him. The company is accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the New Jersey Law against Discrimination. Individuals in Florida who find themselves in similar situations may consider turning to the law to right the wrongs against them.

Source:, "Trenton pork roll maker fired man for farting, lawsuit says", Keith Brown, Oct. 2, 2015

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