posted on Jun, 29 2014 @ 02:49 PM
This may have fit in medical or another couple for the diverse things it touches on, but seemed best here because it's really not any one that grabs
the attention over the others, IMO. This really is an "Other" kinda topic to consider, when we look at the specifics that define it.
Now this isn't a real HARD question about substances people are allergic to and the workplace, in most cases. Workplaces make accommodations (and
extreme ones in some cases) to accommodate. Even Baseball fields are coming to accommodate by No Peanut sections. When I was doing some temp work one
summer, I worked at the Hudson turkey kill/processing plant and discovered I had an allergy to bathing in caustic chemicals while cleaning the 7 foot
high 'bathtubs' the turkeys went through to chill them. That couldn't be accommodated, so I quit. No hard feelings..no foul. It happens.
This isn't baseball and it's not a turkey plant, tho some may come to think of some involved as turkeys by the story itself.
Let's have a look...
DALLAS (CN) - A former Dallas-area police officer was fired because she is allergic to cayenne pepper, a key ingredient in pepper spray, she
claims in court.
Angela Figura sued the city of Rowlett in Dallas County Court on Thursday.
Figura claims that soon after she was hired in September 2012, she disclosed her allergy in police academy training paperwork.
Umm.. Okay. I'm kinda lost. You go sign up to be a cop. Fine. I can buy that maybe some very sheltered person made it through a modern high school
without ever once hearing about a Police Officer macing or peppering someone. I can accept, somehow, she missed 3 months of cops peppering people all
over the country in late 2011 like it was a new national sport or something (Occupy). Fine Fine... She was in the academy in late 2012, so Okie...
Maybe she led that sheltered a life to be totally unaware of the fact she'd be required to handle and administer pepper as a routine part of her job
as a cop.
So...why not gracefully bow out of a mistake for a chosen profession after learning ..it's not physically viable due to allergy? They did come to ask
her for details..
"On April 3 and April 9, 2013, Chief W.M. Broadnax sought information from Figura regarding her sensitivity to cayenne pepper. Figura provided
medical documentation indicating that she could perform the 'essential functions' of her job and that being exposed to cayenne pepper was not likely
to be 'life threatening' to her though it could cause 'respiratory complications' at times."
Figura claims Broadnax accused her of being dishonest about her disability after she proved she was able to perform her job. She says she was
fired due to her gender or her sensitivity to cayenne pepper.
I'm rather curious to see how people feel on this one? It's not really a police issue itself, because she wasn't one yet. At least not long enough
to be called more than a rookie. So, looking at this as a simple chemical presence as a standard part of the workplace....should someone be able to
sign up for a job they are literally allergic to by a core aspect, then sue because they signed up for a job they were allergic to?
I'm still a bit lost on what reasonable accommodation could have been made? The entire Dallas City Police Department stops using pepper spray? I mean
not as a social issue or again, a police issue itself...but is that even laughably realistic to suggest, let alone expect?