The Court Rules: "Employer Can't Fire Workers With Bipolar Disorder"
Sean Reilly was the head store manager at Cotton Financial and struggled with bipolar disorder. He claims that when he requested time off to adjust to his new medication in 2007, he was fired.
- a suit was filed on his behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- The District Court for Eastern Washington ruled that Reilly receive a settlement of $56,000 in damages: $6,500 in back wages and another $50,000 for emotional pain and suffering
- Cottonwood violated the 1990 Americans With Disability Act
"Fired by Note, Posted on the Door"
In 2003, the District Court for Western Oklahoma rejected a motion to dismiss a wrongful termination suit filed against commercial lighting distributor Voss Electric. The company fired an employee after he had received notification that he must undergo a series of inpatient treatments for bipolar disorder.
- the company fired him by taping a note to the employee's front door
- employee received a total of $91,250 in the agreement