1 comment December 12th, 2007at 07:26am Posted by Eli
I guess there’s no OSHA in Romania:
(By Lila Schvandt)
BRASOV, Romania – A 39-year-old man who says he is a vampire has sued owners of the warehouse where he works, claiming they are discriminating against him – because they won’t let him work in the dark.
Anton Khoroni says his rare condition makes it impossible for him to tolerate daylight and that the bright fluorescent lights in his workplace are sapping his strength. He fears he will die if his work conditions are not changed, but his employers refuse to turn out the lights.
“My client’s health demands that he work in a totally dark workplace,” said Khoroni’s attorney in court papers filed last week.
“Yet his requests for a reasonable response to his needs have been ignored. Company officials say they have safety issues to consider, but while they’re looking out for the welfare of others, my client is suffering. We feel this is a clear case of job discrimination against a vampire and we are not going to stand for it.”
Khoroni claims that exposure to fluorescent light, while not as deadly for a vampire as sunlight, will eventually destroy his immune system and lead to a painful death.
Yet he argues that he needs his income and can’t afford to quit.
“I want my employers to make it possible for me to work just like anyone else – and they can do that by turning out the lights,” Khoroni said. “If they refuse to look after my health and welfare, then I think they should compensate me for the damage to my health.”
I gather that Khoroni is not the only employee on his shift, so this does present a bit of an ethical dilemma for his employer. Perhaps they could give him his own section, and just turn off the lights there? Man and vampire have been coexisting for centuries – surely there must be a practical and equitable solution.
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