A former South Jersey gas employee was recently awarded $1.8 million for allegations that the company failed to make accommodations for his depression before firing him. Scott Jones, 55, filed the suit after the company dismissed him a year earlier, citing poor work performance, just shy of his 20th anniversary. The award is one of the biggest in state history for a case of this type, and it highlights the balancing act companies must make between doing business and making reasonable accommodations for employee disabilities. South Jersey Gas will appeal the decision, a company attorney said Tuesday as, according to the company’s attorney, Jones did not make any sales during the four months before his termination and believes Jones was terminated for poor work performance without any perception of a disability. See the full story here.
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