- A Kentucky worker asked his boss not to throw a birthday party for him, wanting to avoid stress from being the center of attention.
- But his employer, Gravity Diagnostics, threw him the party anyway, leading Berling to suffer multiple panic attacks.
- Now the company owes him $ 450,000 in damages for emotional distress and lost wages.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The next time you throw a birthday party for a colleague at work, make sure they want their birthday celebrated.
A Northern Kentucky medical testing company learned that lesson the hard way.
In 2019, employee Kevin Berling asked the office manager for Gravity Diagnostics in Covington, Kentucky, not to hold a birthday celebration for him. Being the center of attention caused him immense stress, Berling said.