Kevin Berling, 29, was a lab technician at Gravity Diagnostics in Kentucky, where he suffered a panic attack when he was thrown a surprise party and had to sit in his car for an hour to calm down
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A man has been paid out over £345,000 ($450,000) after receiving a surprise birthday party at work that led to a panic attack.
Kevin Berling, 29, was a lab technician at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington, Kentucky when he got an unexpected birthday party in August 2019.
But instead of it being a fun opportunity for Mr. Berling, he suffered a panic attack from all the other workers’ focus on him, they say.
And it only got worse, claimed Mr Berling’s lawyer Tony Bucher, who said he was then mistreated by company bosses before being fired.
Mr. Berling then demanded compensation.
“Managers started to make life difficult for him with his reaction to the birthday celebrations,” Berling’s lawyer, Tony Bucher, told local television news agency WKRC. “They actually accused him of stealing the joy of his colleagues.”
Berling is said to have told the office manager when he joined the company in 2018 that he didn’t want any birthday parties for him, but that his boss had “forgotten”.
Then, when the party ensued, Berling left the building and spent an hour in his car trying to recover from the panic attack.
The following day, he suffered another panic attack when his bosses questioned him about his behavior, the New York Post reported.
And a week later, he was reportedly fired because they were “concerned he might be angry and possibly turn violent.”
The hefty payout also took into account Gravity Diagnostics’ massive growth during the Covid pandemic, when some of its employees received 300% pay increases.
Mr. Bearing brought his case for lost income compensation and damages in Kenton County Court.
A 12-member jury last Friday unanimously awarded Berling a $450,000 verdict against the company.
The amount covered $120,000 in lost wages and benefits, $30,000 in future wages and $300,000 for “past, present and future mental pain and suffering, mental anguish, embarrassment, humiliation, humiliation and loss of self-esteem.” , so the court verdict in favor of Berlings.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/worker-wins-345000-payout-after-26741383 Worker receives £345,000 payout after boss threw him birthday party without his consent