Kentucky company on the hook for 450K after unwanted birthday party

Kentucky company on the hook for 450K after unwanted birthday party

  • 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.

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