A former Apple Store employee working in the downtown Manhattan store has filed a Federal Lawsuit against the computer giant, alleging that she was fired after taking a leave of absence. The employee claims that she had a nervous disorder, and required the assistance of a psychiatrist. During the absence, she was assured that her medical condition would not be revealed. However, upon returning to work after four months, the employee claims that everyone was aware of the nature of her break, and began treating her differently.
Upon returning, her position was given to another employee, and she was often told to wait in the basement and sit at a desk without any specific job functions. Occasionally, she was asked to assist other employees. During this period, she applied and requested numerous positions at the Apple store, but was told that she was denied as a result of questions regarding her mental stability.
The employee then was told there was a position available in Chicago, where she relocated to. Upon moving, she was informed that she was not hired for that position. She proceeded to file the lawsuit alleging that Apple has continually denied her employment opportunities as a result of her perceived disability. Employment discrimination can take many subtle forms; we should all work toward eradicating all forms of illegal employment discrimination.