Scratching the Surface of the Steakhouse: Is Psoriasis an Employment Disability?
Journal of Critical Incidents
The Society for Case Research
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.
Employment Discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Human Resource Management, Sexual Harassment
Accounting | Human Resources Management | Labor and Employment Law
Kent D. Kauffman, Mary Gayle Hartzell, and Edwin Leonard (2011).
Scratching the Surface of the Steakhouse: Is Psoriasis an Employment Disability?. Journal of Critical Incidents.4 (1), 34-36. The Society for Case Research.