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Boy, it seems I have a LOT of goofy news today.  Ed, you might want to review this one carefully.

Napping employee wants job back

March 11, 2009 by Sam Narisi
Would your company think twice about firing an employee who was repeatedly caught sleeping at her desk? According to one recent court case, you should.

While working at the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Elsie Hinton was warned by her boss four times about napping during work hours.

The fifth time she was caught, she got fired.

Now she’s filing a complaint demanding the DOT reinstate her, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Hinton says she suffers from sleep apnea, which prevents her from getting continual rest at night. She uses medical equipment to help her sleep, but claims it had been malfunctioning.

The DOT maintains it shouldn’t have to use taxpayer money to pay an employee to sleep.

Does Hinton have a case?

Maybe. Some courts have agreed that sleep apnea is a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and that allowing periodic rest breaks could be a reasonable accommodation for employees in some positions.

What do you think about the outcome of this case? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Was it spoiled ice cream or age discrimination that got worker fired?

March 9, 2009 by Fred Hosier
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The Wisconsin Equal Rights Division is looking into the firing of a University of Wisconsin-Madison employee who claims her dismissal is a case of age and gender discrimination. The university says she was fired because of outdated ice cream.

Eileen Karre was the manager of the university’s Babcock Dairy Store for 20 years. She was fired last July for violating food safety and quality rules.

Documents say she allegedly sold expired ice cream and failed to enforce store cleanliness, according to The Badger Herald.

Karre says many of the stated reasons for her firing were the faults of other employees or the ice cream production plant.

University documents also allege Karre made two Asian student employees wear name tags because they looked similar and she couldn’t tell them apart.

Karre said, “They look alike, and I’m bad with names anyway. It had nothing to do with their nationality. I just couldn’t tell them apart.”

She also claims she made all employees wear name tags.

Karre says she tasted all the supposedly outdated ice creams personally to tell if they were expired. She says she did have workers throw out some expired sherbets, but that the ice creams were good.

The university has declined comment on Karre’s claims because of the pending investigation.

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OK #1 Transportation department should send her on a long road trip on a curvy mountainous road. Sleep problem proven false or the problem is cured. The insurance will pay for the car she wrecks.
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

OK #1 Transportation department should send her on a long road trip on a curvy mountainous road. Sleep problem proven false or the problem is cured. The insurance will pay for the car she wrecks.
 
Roll on Floor Laughing  "If you don't wreck and die....you're fired!"


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