Woman sues employer over anxious driving

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Woman sues employer over anxious driving
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Thu, 06-26-2014 - 2:03pm

"A woman who says busy roads worsen her anxiety has sued a former employer who refused to change her schedule to avoid rush-hour traffic. Andrea DeGerolamo also contends Fulton Financial Corp. fired her in May 2013 in retaliation for her efforts to address alleged workplace bias."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/25/employer-lawsuit-anxiety-driving/11346173/ 

I honestly can say I feel for this woman. I lived in NY and worked in NJ and it took me 2+ hours some days to go 27 miles, thanks to traffic in certain areas (mainly, the George Washington Bridge/Turnpike). I would sob some days. Needless to say I am not an offensive driver. Nor am I a good defensive driver, lol. 

I don't know if I'd have sued, but if she did try to change her schedule to work off-major traffic times and the hours were within normal times (i.e., she wasn't asking to work 1pm-9pm) then I can understand the frustration.

Does driving set your anxiety off? 

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Thu, 06-26-2014 - 4:06pm

It certainly is interesting. If the employer was being unreasonable then I can see the woman having a case but if the woman was a victim of her own poor planning then it's not her employers fault. I'd love to get more information about this situation.