Title

Scratching the Surface of the Steakhouse: Is Psoriasis an Employment Disability?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 11-2011

Publication Source

Journal of Critical Incidents

Volume

4

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

34-36

Publisher

The Society for Case Research

ISBN/ISSN

1943-1872

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This critical incident involves the contentious relationship between a waiter at a high-end restaurant, The Steakhouse, and his female supervisor, whom he had been dating. Following their breakup, the waiter filed sexual harassment charges against his supervisor and The Steakhouse. He also filed a claim with the EEOC against The Steakhouse, for discriminating against him because of a disability. After he was fired, he filed a claim against The Steakhouse for retaliating against him for filing the disability claim. Workplace communication is a difficult enough problem in organizations without it having become blurred by personal relationships between employees and supervisors. For Paul Davis, the waiter who was popular with his restaurant patrons, he saw the breakup as the start of mistreatment by his supervisor. Yet for Susie Jones, his supervisor, she saw the breakup as Paul’s excuse for his slackening performance at work.

Keywords

Employment Discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Human Resource Management, Sexual Harassment

Disciplines

Accounting | Human Resources Management | Labor and Employment Law

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