MAN FIRED BECAUSE HE COULDN'T PEE UNDER PRESSURE
Tom Smith, a 55-year-old assembly line worker was suspended by Caterpillar Inc. a day after he was unable to urinate for a drug test in November, and fired on Dec. 5.
Smith is suing for discrimination He says he suffers from paruresis, commonly known as shy bladder syndrome, and was physically unable to urinate into a specimen cup, despite having drunk 40 ounces of water and being given three hours to complete the task.
"This is supposed to be a country where losing a job for a disorder like that shouldn't be a problem," said Smith, who worked at the plant for more than three years.
Smith says Caterpillar violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and that companies should offer alternate drug testing methods such as hair or blood tests. He wants his job back and unspecified monetary damages.
Q & A WITH THE ENRON SNITCH
Is post-Enron America is a more ethical place?
No. Warren Buffett says CEO pay is the acid test. Wall Street sets the tone. Citigroup paid Sandy Weill $45 million for 2003. The real problem is where shareholder return is low but the CEO makes out like a bandit.
JP Morgan said CEOs should not make more than 20 times the average hourly worker. We're above 500 times right now! The average worker gets $20 an hour. So the highest CEO salary should be $1 million a year.
Good leaders and bad?
Leaders have to be attuned to bad news. Ken Lay's failure was that he just wanted to hear good news. It's the same with Bush. He doesn't want to hear the bad news about Iraq.
A good leader puts others' needs first. People follow you because they know you are looking after them.
Have any companies contacted you?
People talk to me and then the door gets slammed. When it comes to the final decision, someone probably says: ''Ah you crazy? She's a vistle-blowa!''
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