A man in New Jersey was allegedly sacked by a processed meat company because he constantly farts … and the smell is so unbearable.
According to local reports, Rich Clem worked at Case Pork Roll Co. in Trenton, NJ together with his wife Louann. He recently underwent gastric bypass surgery and has been experiencing bouts of flatulence and diarrhoea ever since.
The smell from his constant farting was so powerful that it overpowered the meat aroma as well as the general atmosphere in the office, prompting Thomas Dolan, the president of the company, to allegedly lay down the ax on him last year.
Now Louann has sued the company for treating her husband unfairly, claiming that Dolan harassed them over the flatulence issue. According to the federal suit, Dolan told Louann, ‘We have to do something about Rich. This can’t go on. Why is Rich having these side effects? Is Rich following his doctor’s recommendations? We can’t run an office and have visitors with the odor in the office. Tell Rich that we are getting complaints from visitors who have problems with the odors.’
Responding to the suit on Tuesday, Case owner Tom Grieb denied sacking Rich, saying instead that they left on their own volition after refusing to accept a pay cut.
‘Business wasn’t good. They didn’t want to take a pay cut and walked out,” he said. “Neither one were fired. They are just saying that,’ he said. ‘They were never discriminated against. Even I took a pay cut. He refused and he just walked out. That was the end of it.’
Louann, who filed the suit under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the state Law Against Discrimination (her husband has a 420 pounds obesity disability), is seeking an unspecified sum in punitive damages.