By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some lawsuits seem too crazy to be true. This one was real.READ MORE: Beach Erosion Will Keep One-Third Of North Wildwood Beaches Closed Memorial Day Weekend
A woman sued her employer, whom she said failed to accommodate her disability. What was her disability? She said she had a phobia of children. Her employer? A Cincinnati school district. She was a teacher who claimed that her transfer from the high school to the middle school triggered her phobia and raised her blood pressure, forcing her to retire. Hm.
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Under the law, some phobias are so severe that they are classified as mental illness and substantially limit one or more life activity, which is the definition of a disability.
But here’s the thing. An employer can’t discriminate against an otherwise qualified person with a disability who, with reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job.MORE NEWS: Barnegat High School Student Stabbed During Fight In Bathroom
Most would agree that being around students is an essential function of a teacher, which is a lesson in the law the teacher learned the hard way when she lost her case.