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(NY Daily News)   Woman with "seasonal affective disorder" sues her ex-employer for $33 million for not giving her a desk next to a window   (nydailynews.com ) divider line
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2007-05-26 11:24:30 AM  
So she's trying to sue a law firm that specializes in disabilities for not accommodating her neurotic "I don't like to go outside in the winter because it's cold so I don't get enough sunlight" disorder? Yeah, good luck with that.
 
2007-05-26 11:44:49 AM  
Binder & Binder, a Park Avenue law firm specializing in disability claims

Everytime I see their ads on TV when I'm home during the week, I always think "ambulance chaser."

Anyway, I don't have much pity over someone who is essentially saying she is more important then another employee who might've had the rank or seniority to deserve a window seat ahead of her.
 
2007-05-26 12:04:39 PM  
If Seasonal Affective Disorder is listed under ADA, she has a case.
 
2007-05-26 12:44:06 PM  
hehe, this is the same thing I tell my boss when he asks me why I go outside 10x a day.

/bubble bubble
//ahhhhh....
 
2007-05-26 12:45:39 PM  
That is hilarious. My office cannot have a window as that would be a security risk. For FSM's sake could she not go outside and stand for a few minutes with the smokers or something.
 
2007-05-26 12:45:53 PM  
I hope they at least let her keep her stapler.

/not obscure
//rather obvious
 
2007-05-26 12:47:47 PM  
Really well i have a disorder that makes it difficult for me to work withouth beautiful nekkid ladies around me. Gimme money!

/Wouldn't not having a job be more depressing for this woman
//Quit being so high maintenance
 
2007-05-26 12:48:37 PM  
Isn't it binder & binder that has those TV commercials where the bald lawyer is wearing a huge cowboy hat and acting like it doesn't make him look ridiculous?

/works nights
//day time TV commericials, nothing but lawyer adds and oldtimer insurance
 
2007-05-26 12:49:07 PM  
They should have bought her a nice full spectrum light fixture, with UVA and UVB, and told her to pretend that it was the sun.

With the UV, she might need to wear sunscreen to work, though.
 
2007-05-26 12:49:50 PM  
tbn0.google.com

If you really do have SAD, get a damn happy light, biatch.
 
2007-05-26 12:50:36 PM  
some swedish girl //Quit being so high maintenance

Awesome, a chick who understands that being high maintainence is bad.
 
2007-05-26 12:51:50 PM  
As an employee that does not have his desk next to a window, I'm really getting a kick out of your replies.
 
2007-05-26 12:52:39 PM  
Simple solution.

Give her a window seat on the top floor of the building.

Thn, push her out of it. Repeat if necessary.
 
2007-05-26 12:52:45 PM  
I would have gotten her some Vitamin D supplements and told her to STFU and GBTW.
 
2007-05-26 12:53:23 PM  
Boy, they sure hired a winner, didn't they.

/works in a building that has no windows

BTW, I hear that so-called "seasonal affective disorder" can be remedied with a lamp and bulb that emits sun-like light. Why didn't she just get one of those? I'm guessing she'd rather cry and try to get millions of dollars than actually think of reasonable ways to solve her little so-called problem.
 
2007-05-26 12:53:32 PM  
"She wanted to work closer to a window with good light," her attorney, Robert Campos-Marquetti told the Daily News. "This is a request that could have been easily accommodated."

Hill said Dontfraid's new seat was just 3 feet from a window.


God damn Gestapo employer.
 
2007-05-26 12:54:03 PM  
soledsoled
//day time TV commericials, nothing but lawyer adds and oldtimer insurance

Old Glory Robot Insurance. For when The Metal Ones decide to come for you. And they will.
 
2007-05-26 12:54:46 PM  
My office has no windows.

I work in a data center, so they consider anything that can be broken to gain access into the building to be a bad thing.

On days that work, I often never, ever see the sun. I should sue.
 
2007-05-26 12:54:46 PM  
SAD can be helped by going to tanning salons in the winter. Reasonable accommodation was probably having her desk 3 feet away from the window like it said it was in the article.

I've always heard the Binder and Binder ads dealing with Social Security disability claims that were denied by the government.
 
2007-05-26 12:55:39 PM  
First:
i180.photobucket.com


Then I would say:
i180.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-26 12:55:43 PM  
Umm this really wasn't an outrageous request. People with SADs need sunlight in order to produce saratonin, which when depleted leads to depression.

What is outrageous is the $33 million.
 
2007-05-26 12:56:23 PM  
i27.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-26 12:58:07 PM  
Demon of the Fall
The bullshiat is that she did not just buy a damn light and STFU and GBTW.
 
2007-05-26 01:00:12 PM  
Demon of the Fall

Umm this really wasn't an outrageous request. People with SADs need sunlight in order to produce saratonin, which when depleted leads to depression.

Particularly since they accommodated her request. She was 3 feet from a window. She just wasn't being treated like Ms. Disabled America 2007.

I've known far too many people who actually have legitimate disabilities to ride the disability gravy train and expect to be treated like royalty when in fact they don't need anything more than they already have.
 
2007-05-26 01:00:14 PM  
Its overrated, I had a window seat once and it was the worst thing ever.

Sunlight + computer monitor = bad. The glare sucks, face the other way and the sun is in your face. PCs and sunlight should not be in the same room.

/work now in dark production studio, no windows no distraction...perfect
 
2007-05-26 01:01:35 PM  
Demon of the Fall

And what we're saying is that there are other ways to get it than sitting next to a window all day.

Talk a walk on your fifteen minute breaks, take up smoking, eat lunch outside, go to a tanning bed, buy a light, etc.

But most of those require taking initiative yourself, which is an idea that most Americans don't believe in. Just whining until some one else does it, and if they don't, sue them.
 
2007-05-26 01:04:30 PM  
American Lottery Mentallity Syndrome (ALMS).

Symptoms: Don't want to work, but want an uber nice lifestyle and are unprincipaled enough to try to attain it in any way possible.
 
2007-05-26 01:04:45 PM  
Chameleon gradatim and EmmaLou are right. SAD is a real psychiatric condition. It is treated by using a 10,000 lux light for 20-40 minutes in the morning. Her "reasonable accomodation" of being next to a window has nothing to do with treating or suffering from this condition. People who sit next to windows don't have lower rates of SAD or higher rates of remission from it. Ergo, she has no ADA case.

She is a whiner, a cheat and a fraud. I hope the law firm tears her a new one. For information on SAD and how to treat it, go to cet.org.
 
2007-05-26 01:06:44 PM  
Typical Daily News. There's a gigantic difference between suing for $33 million and actually getting the suit heard in court.

/SAD's for real, but being a stupid FARK ain't one of the symptoms.
 
2007-05-26 01:08:16 PM  
Typical Daily News. There's a huge difference between suing for $33K and actually getting the suit heard.

/ SAD is for real, but being a stupid Fark is not a symptom.
 
2007-05-26 01:08:57 PM  
Flap Jack SAD's for real, but being a stupid FARK ain't one of the symptoms.

QFT and FTW
 
2007-05-26 01:10:05 PM  
Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Maybe she's just "SAD" ?
 
2007-05-26 01:10:23 PM  
ReisFlynn

I've known far too many people who actually have legitimate disabilities to ride the disability gravy train and expect to be treated like royalty when in fact they don't need anything more than they already have.


I don't side with the woman here, but I have known far too many sweeping generalisers who ride the sweeping generalisation gravy train and expect to be treated as wise sages when really they don't have anything but sweeping generalisations.
 
2007-05-26 01:14:59 PM  
FOOLISH WOMAN COULD FALL OUT WINDOW PEOPLES,
LISTEN TO YOUR SUPERIORS SILLYFOOLWOMAN!!!

/ULTRON NEEDS NO WINDOWS, CAN SEE THROUGH WALLS
 
2007-05-26 01:15:41 PM  
FTA: Dontfraid was cited as an "exemplary employee" for Binder & Binder, a Park Avenue law firm specializing in disability claims.

But things soured after she told supervisors on Sept. 14, 2004, about her condition, she claimed.

"She asked if it was possible for her to work at home during certain times of the year and we said, 'No,'" said David Hill, a Binder & Binder supervisor.


Allow me to sum this entire situation up for you: Woman hears about an imagined "disease" and thinks it would make a brilliant scam, and considering she works for a law firm of dubious repute which specializes in such bullsh*t claims, figures she will either A) Get to work from home whenever she feels like it C) Get a new office/desk with a nice view, then since they enabled her, claim SAD is causing her to be depressed and call in sick frequently, which they would have to give her thanks to ADA rules, or of course D) Be denied her bullsh*t requests and sue them, i.e. PROFIT!
 
2007-05-26 01:16:35 PM  
She spoke to Hill and "reiterated her need to be placed in a different workplace as a reasonable accommodation," and was fired later that day

That's one way to be placed in a different workplace.
She should get a job doing landscaping and STFU.
 
2007-05-26 01:17:25 PM  
meekychuppet

I don't side with the woman here, but I have known far too many sweeping generalisers who ride the sweeping generalisation gravy train and expect to be treated as wise sages when really they don't have anything but sweeping generalisations.

Of course it's a generalization, you ninny. Did you think I was trying to pretend otherwise? What part of "far too many" made you think I was trying to do anything else?
 
2007-05-26 01:17:31 PM  
I have SAD also... I hate Winter and Summer makes me too hot. I would like to call Captain Bullshiat to the stand.
 
2007-05-26 01:18:05 PM  
stonent Seasonal Affective Disorder? Maybe she's just "SAD" ?

What's your point? Some people with a cough just have a little cold and not tuberculosis. That doesn't mean that no one with a cough has tuberculosis.

I'm probably jumping the gun here and not giving you enough credit, so let me apologize in advance for that. But this is exactly why the biatch in the article needs to DIAF. Because she is a malingerer who fakes SAD she is going to make a bunch of people in the general public doubt the veracity of the diagnosis of SAD. This will prevent people from getting help, and continue to perpetuate 19th century ideas about mental illness in general.
 
2007-05-26 01:18:11 PM  
unchellmatt

Allow me to sum this entire situation up for you: Woman hears about an imagined "disease" and thinks it would make a brilliant scam, and considering she works for a law firm of dubious repute which specializes in such bullsh*t claims, figures she will either A) Get to work from home whenever she feels like it C) Get a new office/desk with a nice view, then since they enabled her, claim SAD is causing her to be depressed and call in sick frequently, which they would have to give her thanks to ADA rules, or of course D) Be denied her bullsh*t requests and sue them, i.e. PROFIT!


Your estimation of the situation is as stupid as her claim.
 
2007-05-26 01:19:08 PM  
I hope this doesn't get picked up as the latest example of Courts Gone Wild. You know, the whole "OMG someone sued her company for $33 million because they wouldn't give her a window seat, so we have to completely gut your right to hold a corporation that actually did harm you responsible for the harm that they did you."

This doesn't have the legs of the "old woman getting her cooch burned by McDonald's coffee" suit, but it'll do.
 
2007-05-26 01:19:19 PM  
ReisFlynn

Hey man - I'm not starting a fight. It just sounded like a Daily Mail Article.
 
2007-05-26 01:19:25 PM  
i35.photobucket.com
 
2007-05-26 01:21:28 PM  
fernanernie I have SAD also... I hate Winter and Summer makes me too hot. I would like to call Captain Bullshiat to the stand.

Case in point. This lady is obviously full of shiat, so people with hilariously out of date ideas about mental illness and science in general make the gigantic and erroneous leap in logic that her misapplication of the idea of SAD invalidates SAD as a diagnostic entity.

She can be a lying, cheating biatch and there can still be a diagnosis of SAD apart from that, you know.
 
2007-05-26 01:21:48 PM  
Trying to sue a lawfirm that handles disability cases doesn't sound like a real sound bit of advise.
 
2007-05-26 01:23:56 PM  
She's suing an ambulance chaser right? Go for it neurotic girl! Sue a company, that's doing real productive work, for something like this and I'll be happy to trip you off the top of a long flight of stairs.

/Ooops, did I do that?
//has SAD, deals with it.
///So when was she diagnosed, how many years before she went to work for them?
 
2007-05-26 01:26:10 PM  
meekychuppet Your estimation of the situation is as stupid as her claim.

QFT. What a moran. I get so tired of these people who delight in trying to oversimplify things they don't understand at all.
 
2007-05-26 01:27:49 PM  
my "office" is really a server room that's 60 degrees with no windows. I have to wear a jacket most of the time... Should I sue because I'm cold? haha
 
2007-05-26 01:27:51 PM  
FTFA: Dontfraid declined to comment, telling a reporter, "I'm not going to go there."

You'd think she'd want to reply to that, being she's going to court for it.
 
2007-05-26 01:30:28 PM  
Woman hears about an imagined "disease" and thinks it would make a brilliant scam

Nah. Window seats are considered prime real estate in offices, because there are usually very few desks near windows. The people who get those are usually managers or top performers.

So my guess is that one of these things is happening here:

1) She really has SAD, but her boss incorrectly guessed she was just claiming that to try to con her way into a coveted window seat.

or

2) She was just trying to con her way into a coveted window seat.

Or it could be a little bit of both. But things didn't go her way, so (this being America) the next logical step is to sue for millions and millions of dollars.
 
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