I’ve blogged in the past about ridiculous employment law claims. Here are two more examples.
First, Lesann McEnroe (a Microsoft HR employee in Washington) claimed that she was unable to come to work because of her multiple disabilities, including panic attacks, agoraphobia, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, post-traumatic stress, etc. Microsoft accommodated her, allowing her to work entirely from home. Was she effusively grateful? No. She sued because she wasn’t promoted, even though the positions she could have been promoted to required her to do things like come to work and meet with people.
Second, Kevin Wilson, a male elementary school employee in Maryland, complained that he was being sexually harassed by a 10-year-old female student. Now I’m well aware that many 10-year-olds today engage in behaviors that most of us wouldn’t have dreamed of when we were that age. So what did this wild child do? Brace yourselves. She bumped into him three times without saying "excuse me," her forearm touched his butt one time, and she asked one of her fellow students to tell him "hello." Severe or pervasive? I don’t think so.
I’m pleased to report that both plaintiffs not only lost, but represented themselves, which hopefully indicates that no attorney in Washington or Maryland thought it worth his or her time to take on such ridiculous cases.