Friday, November 6, 2009

Poor Lisa Drozdowski

Driving home from work today, I heard a wacky deejay say something along the lines of (I paraphrased because I was driving and not taking notes),
Some people have all the luck. A Pennsylvania woman won a lawsuit against her company for $150,000 because she had to wear diapers to work. They didn't have any portable bathrooms where she worked, so a bathroom break 'involved walking a quarter mile to her car and driving several minutes to the nearest restroom, often came after she had already urinated on herself.' So this lady got 150 grand just for peeing on herself at work? Worth it.
This commentary is insanely insensitive and offensive. She didn't get $150,000 "just for peeing on herself at work." She was compensated $150,000 for being forced to pee on herself and then going through the nearly intolerable struggle of a lawsuit against a well-funded and well-organized entity (Danella Construction Corp. - PRIDE IN EVERYTHING WE DO®) and winning. For a compelling but still less-than-experiencing-for-yourself account of a struggle like Ms. Drodowski's, check out

Fair use poster image from Quentin X

Fair use book cover image from C. Merced
the 2005 film North Country or the 2002 book the film is based upon, Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler.

What I heard on the radio this afternoon was disheartening. I'm afraid of what wacky morning deejays will say tomorrow and on Monday.

I, for one, am happy that Ms. Drozdowski won her suit, and I am sorry that she was only granted $150,000 in damages. I will also be sure not to use Danella for any of my construction projects.