A New Jersey worker who was allegedly fired for leaving his post to retrieve his asthma inhaler from home has received a $45,000 settlement from his former employer.
State officials say the man, whose name wasn’t released, was working at the Trane plant in Trenton when he suffered shortness of breath. He asked to grab his inhaler from home but instead was told to gather his belongings and leave.
The company argued he was fired for walking off the job and they were unaware of his medical condition. But officials say documents show the man’s asthma was noted in a pre-employment physical.