Robert: Employee awarded $450K for birthday party he didn’t want

Published on April 19th, 2022 @ 12:00 PM


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A jury in Kentucky has awarded a man $450 000 after he sued his employer for celebrating his birthday at work.

Kevin Berling says he told his manager at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington in 2019 that he would prefer not to have a birthday celebration, citing immense stress.

After the company ignored his request, Berling suffered a panic attack. Another attack occurred the following day after Berling’s supervisor chastised him for “stealing his co-workers’” joy and “being a little girl.” Berling was then fired.

Berling alleged the company discriminated against him based on a disability and retaliated against him for demanding reasonable accommodation.

Following a two-day trial, a jury awarded him $300,000 for emotional distress and $150,000 in lost wages.

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