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Original message: To Be Released: 4/15/13 Further identifiable information and evidence will be released upon acceptance. Well Known Wireless Corporation Discriminates and Fires Mentally Ill Employee Model Employee is fired due to issues surrounding mental health condition, despite following company policy and maintaining outstanding performance. November 9th, 2012 Littleton, CO-Courtney Maupin was fired from her job she had for almost two years at a large Wireless corporation due to tardiness. She had thirteen “tardies” in one year (a tardy is deemed for being late to work between five minutes to an hour); however, seven of them were in August of 2012 when she was put on a new medication for her Bi-polar Type II Disorder. In May of 2012, Courtney was committed to an inpatient program due to suicidal ideation. At this point the company allowed her to take short-term disability as she also finished an intensive outpatient program. At the beginning of August she reentered her job through still stabilizing from her disorder. She had gone through over five medication changes while in the eight week IOP program and in August was put on Lithium. One of the most significant side effects of this medication is drowsiness. Courtney made the company aware of this and offered doctor documentation to which one of the assistant mangers replied, “It doesn’t matter”. At the point that she was fired, the main manager was out of town. He was not made aware that anything was happening in the process to fire Courtney and seemed very upset afterwards. Courtney was a great performer in every area. She had been given raises, bonuses, never failed to reach her commission goal and even was appointed to a leadership position to train the other employees. She had no hourly attendance issues and was never “in the red” for sales, although almost everyone else in the store had been at one point. -More- Right before she went into the hospital, Courtney was also dealing with discrimination from work, among going to school full time and her mental illness. While in IOP she spent one week addressing the issues at work. The assistant manager mentioned above and her previous store manager sat her down to talk about use of her FMLA (Family Leave Medical Act). They told her that the other employees in the store were upset that she was taking time off and didn’t feel she was using it correctly. The assistant manager also told her: “We are disappointed in you”. While in IOP the company also decided to transfer her stores. Through her episodes of the illness this only hurt the healing process and it took five days, four hours a day, to work through this mentally. Everyone in her IOP program told her she should do something about the discrimination, but Courtney could not afford to lose her job. Immediately after being fired, Courtney presented her case to the EEOC and they immediately filed the charge. Six months later, the corporation has yet to respond. “When I call the EEOC they tell me there is a time frame for the corporation to respond, but she would not tell me what it is”. Courtney is still struggling to find a new job. While in the process she is also maintaining straight A’s in full-time school and starting a NAMI support group for all types of mental illness on the Auraria Campus, which will be the first outside mental health resource the campus has ever seen. She is an active member of Mile Hi Church and after all this she will be applying to law school in the Fall after an expected graduation in December, with her BA in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She is also a published author of a book of short stories detailing growing up with her mentally ill mother entitled, “I Wish Roses Lasted Forever”. This corporation paid around 20,000 in medical coverage for which Courtney believes is the real reason of being fired. “People hear mental illness and they automatically imagine crazy people in strait jackets. There are many of us who continue lifelong treatment and still live a normal life. I am excelling in everything I do at this point. I am not my disorder, I have a disorder. I feel if the public were more educated on mental illness they would agree with me. Whether it is the blatant statements of discrimination or the continuous negative sentiments towards me in my time of weakness, it is not right and I want everyone to know that to prevent this from happening to others in similar situations. I want to send a message to large corporations that they are not above the law”. ##############################################################################
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