A diagnostics company in Kentucky ran up a $450,000 bill for an employee birthday party. It wasn’t over the top decorations or a gilded cake.
Several days before his birthday, the employee asked his manager to not throw a party for fears it would trigger his anxiety disorder; he doesn’t do well being the center of attention and worried about having a panic attack.
The glassbowl manager decided to throw a party anyway, planning the fete over lunch in the breakroom. The birthday boy fled the building and ate his lunch in the car. To add insult to injury, the next day the employee was scolded in a meeting and then fired.
The lawsuit filed against the company alleged that they did not accommodate his anxiety disorder and caused him to suffer loss of income, benefits as well as causing him emotional distress and mental anxiety. The jury on the case agreed and awarded him $450,000.
What kind of party would you throw for yourself with a $450K budget?