Woman Sues Boss Over Rush-Hour Traffic

She claims it made her anxious to the point of disability

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 25, 2014 3:27 PM CDT | Updated Jun 29, 2014 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rush-hour traffic is a pain, but can it qualify you for a disability? A New Jersey woman is trying to make her case in court against a former employer, reports the Courier-Post. Andrea DeGerolamo worked for Fulton Financial in 2012 when, according to her lawsuit, she "began to feel great anxiety and depression, which was especially aggravated by crowded roadways experienced during the heavy traffic of rush hour." The anxiety was so severe that it qualified her as being disabled, says the suit, as per the Star-Ledger.

DeGerolamo took a medical leave for about three months, then requested a different schedule when she returned, one that would keep her away from busy traffic. Fulton accommodated, but only temporarily, and also changed her position to a lower-level clerical one, says DeGerolamo. She filed a complaint in May 2013 and was fired the same month, and now she's suing in federal court in Camden for unspecified damages.

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