According to a recent report from The Express-Times, a former worker in the Pohatcong Township in New Jersey sued the township, claiming his hyperactivity disorder prompted the ridicule of others and led to his firing.
The worker began working in the township as a deputy court administrator in January 2010. However, he was let go in the summer of 2011 allegedly due to his disorder, the lawsuit states. The plaintiff claims his supervisor grew "snippy, short and condescending" with him shortly into his employment, which humiliated him.
The plaintiff's lawsuit also claims his supervisor once told him "I hope you don't start using this ADHD [expletive] as some kind of excuse. If I would have known it was going to be a big deal, I never would have hired you."
Officials from the township have expressed that they have anti-harassment policies in place, however, no incidents were reported regarding the court administrator's behavior toward her assistant.
The case highlights the importance of companies avoiding potentially discriminating behavior from employees, especially conducted by superiors. Failure to do so may lead to similar expensive lawsuits involving businesses' professional liability.