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Fart at work? YOU'RE FIRED!

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The official charge was "Conduct unbecoming a Federal employee." More specifically, "On September 7, 2012, and continuing, you disrupted the work floor by passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor."
A copy of the letter, along with a picture of the employee at an amusement park standing next to an actor in a Pepe Le Pew costume, was published on TheSmokingGun.com.
The letter included a timestamped log accurate to the minute, documenting 60 separate-gas passing incidents from the employee in his office in three months, or about 9 per day.
The average person passes gas 14 times per day.
Medical conditions such as Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and lactose intolerance, can cause sufferers to have chronic gas problems. The employee told management he was lactose intolerant.
"You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions," the letter read, "however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition."
Several of the employee's coworkers in the "module," or work area, had complained to management about the smell. A supervisor, Deputy Division Director and a Module Manager all spoke with the employee on separate occasions about his need to control his flatulence.
"You said that you would try to pass gas and that you would turn your fan on when it happens," the Module Manager wrote of a discussion that took place on May 18, 2012. "I explained to you that turning on the fan would cause the smell to spread and worsen the air quality in the module."
On August 14th the employee promised to purchase "Gas X" in order to limit his gas output.
Another incident, dated August 15th, noted "you have continued to release the odor and it has become intolerable to work in the module creating a hostile work environment for all your coworkers."
The letter quoted guidelines from the "Annual Personnel Reminder" and "2012 SSA/AFGE National Agreement" which the Module Manager claimed the employee had violated, including "courtesy and consideration while dealing with coworkers" and "refrain from coercive, intimidating, loud or abusive behavior."
If the "misconduct" was continued after the reprimand letter, it could lead to "more severe disciplinary action...including, removal from federal service."

http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/01/11/16465654-flatulent-federal-workers-reprimand-is-rescinded#comments

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by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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NiCo86
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:08 PM

 I thought it said he had already been reprimanded, and that's when he said he was lactose intolerant, and then said he'd use his fan, and then said on yet another occassion that he would try gas x. I thought the "letter" was his dismissal letter ... but regardless, I feel sorry for the guy!

Quoting Roxygurl:

He wasnt fired, he was reprimanded.

I'd like to know his side of the story though.


Quoting NiCo86:

 IDK what to think about this. I feel sorry for that poor guy that was fired, but couldn't they have just gotten some sort of spray? or something??????

 

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bowribbonmama
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Holding that shit in hurts.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:09 PM

He could stop eating dairy.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM
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 If he had a medical condition that was documented and he was fired for it, I believe that is against the law and that he could sue.

Roxygurl
by Emerald Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM
It's actually not that easy. Lactose is in LOTS of things, hell even meds contain lactose. Birth control pills are a perfect example of that.



Quoting Anonymous:

He could stop eating dairy.

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MissArtsyPants
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

That is ridiculous! I have Crohn's, AND lactose intolerance. When I have a flare up, I really can't contain it 100% of the time and my intestines are sooo loud! it sounds like farts, but really it's just rumbling.

NiCo86
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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 what a stupid situation! He doesn't deserve to even be reprimanded! The letter said he had provided medical reasons for the flatulance, the person who state that regardless of the medical condition HE believed it could still be controlled, is NOT a doctor and can't make the determination.

I wander if there is something a Dr could provide to him to help with his flatulance?

Quoting helema24:

 yuh but someone else would complain they are alergic to the spray he chose and then hed be fired for trying to smell spring time fresh.....

Quoting NiCo86:

 IDK what to think about this. I feel sorry for that poor guy that was fired, but couldn't they have just gotten some sort of spray? or something??????

 

 

helema24
by on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

there are products that contain very little milk and dont list the dairy... 

Quoting Anonymous:

I thought if you were lactose intolerant you could just not eat and drink products with that in it and you would be ok,  is that not how it works?

 

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tossed
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

TRUE STORY.  When I worked for the employment commission, we had desks in an open area. We were very crowded and our desks were pushed up against each other. The man directly across from me was blind and had a service dog. The dog was very old and had HORRIBLE gas. I was pregnant, so it made the situation even worse and to top it off, I have a super sensitive sense of smell. My kids joke that neighbors 3 doors down could have something bad in their fridge and I would smell it. The poor dog...I hated it when people would sneak him snacks because I knew my day would  be horrible, plus they lived in the country and he would let the dog out and did not bathe him regularly. 

LCWAmommy
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM
Dude they would hate my husband!! He has chrones sometimes I wake up in the middle I the night and its like I'm in a gas chamber. If I where this employee I would just get up everytime I had to fart and go to the bathroom then when they complain about the frequent bathroom trips tell them that I was trying to not creat a hostile work environment!
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