How Can People Mock Those With Disabilities?

Here’s a case that should sour the milk of human kindness.

A Louisiana telephone operator is suing Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana Inc. and Goodworks Inc., alleging disability discrimination and retaliation.

She suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye ailment, and she claims, incredibly, that co-workers “made fun” of the size of the print on her computer and her talking clock, and drew pictures of her with “exaggerated eyes.”

Eye, Eyesight, Eyes, See, Perceiving

She further alleges that she complained to management, which then fired her.

Takeaway:  Just because an organization is named Goodwill does not mean that some of its employees act with good will — or legally.  EVERY workforce must be properly trained, as well as all managers.

Decades after the enactment of the ADA it is beyond belief that mature adults can mock someone with a disability.


(Unless, of course, they happen to be running for political office where pandering to baser instincts is expected).

Anger, Angry, Bad, Isolated, Dangerous

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]