This case involves an employee at a Fortune 500 company who suffered from ADHD and ADD, among other issues, which prevented him from focusing for an extended period of time without treatment. He was frequently bullied and hassled by a direct supervisor after the employee requested to be transferred to another department where his disability would have been less of an impediment. The employee was regularly ridiculed by the superior during department meetings and in electronic communications, which caused stress that allegedly exacerbated the symptoms of his ADD/ADHD. The employee eventually had to leave work due to the repeated harassment, and was forced to survive on disability.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- 1. Do you regularly perform psych evaluations for disabled individuals?
- 2. Have you ever served as an expert witness?
Expert Witness Response E-007939
It sounds as though the person and institution ignored the Americans With Disabilities Act. I regularly perform forensic neuropsychiatric examinations, and I have a longstanding clinical and forensic interest in ADHD and the effects of bullying and disability discrimination and supervisory retaliation. I have been qualified as a forensic neuropsychiatric expert in over 150 cases over my 30 year career. In this instance, it is important that the employee’s requests for assistance be acted on by the company in a reasonable manner, and harassment from a supervisor due to one’s disability is never acceptable.