A man with Crohn's disease is suing Amazon for allegedly firing him for taking too many bathroom breaks.
Most of us likely have some story from our past that involves us being fired from a job. Normally that story revolves around us being young and stupid. Let go from part-time jobs we had as teenagers due to us not being mature enough or doing something stupid to annoy our bosses. It's embarrassing but it is a part of our past.
However, hopefully once we grow up and work full-time jobs, we don't add to any firing stories we had in the past. We definitely don't want to be let go from a job we need in order to live for something as trivial as going to the toilet too often. Sadly for Nicolas Stover, that particular story is all too real for him.
Stover is currently in the process of suing his former employers Amazon, reports Shared. The angry ex-employee claims that Amazon let him go back in 2017 for taking too many bathroom breaks. Stover admits that he went to the bathroom more often than most in the office, however, he had good reason to. He suffers from Crohn's disease. The chronic bowel condition would indeed require someone suffering from it to frequent the bathroom on a regular basis.
At the Amazon office in which Stover used to work, employees were given an hour lunch break, two other 15 minute breaks during the day, and 20 minutes of personal time throughout the week. However, the unpredictability of his condition meant that he could not necessarily time his toilet breaks. He claims that despite knowing about his condition when they hired him, his supervisor refused to accommodate for it and would not even grant him a workspace closer to the bathroom.
The lawsuit Stover has taken out against Amazon is no laughing matter either. The allegedly wronged employee is seeking out a staggering $3 million in damages for lost wages and complications that resulted in his Crohn's disease worsening. It's not the first time Amazon has been accused of something like this either. Warehouse workers were discovered peeing in bottles and garbage cans at warehouses in the UK in order to make sure they met strict deadlines.