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HRM CA | 18 Jan 2013, 01:00 AM Agree 0
A US employer formally reprimanded an employee for “uncontrollable flatulence” after coworkers complained.
  • Doris Wagner | 18 Jan 2013, 12:30 PM Agree 0
    This is a tough one. I guess in this instance the employer could ask for medical proof (diagnosis,prognosis) and maybe think about accommodation if a true medical issue is present?
  • Anna Zappia | 25 Jan 2013, 10:57 AM Agree 0
    Wow! I'm surprised that it took so long for H.R. to follow-up with the employee and get him to seek medical advice for his 'problem'. Of course, the company's benefits administrator (or H.R.) should have medical 'proof' for the disability'. The next step, in my estimation should be either an accommodation, if feasible, or a visit to the Employee Assistance Program providers for assistance. If the company does not get a diagnois within a sepcified time, they should start down the performance management trail. Sounds like this guy might just be passing bad behavior along with his wind.
  • Bonnie Reid | 30 Jan 2013, 09:15 AM Agree 0
    We accomodate scents in the workplace for those folks with sensitivities; and here we have a man whom passes gas (we all pass gas); help him out; get some medical help and then have him attempt to accomodate his fellow workers by passing gas outdoors/in bathrooms or non-busy areas... common courtesy to both sides is in order. A hostile environment? Give me a break, intolerable, open a window... sounds like they are ganging up on him.... Respect from all parties are required; as I'm quite certain it has nothing to do with his actual job performance....
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