Anorexic guy sues Rachael Ray show for discrimination
A former accountant for the Rachael Ray show is suing for one meeeeellion dollars, stating that he was fired after complaining to supervisors that he was suffering from discrimination and a hostile working environment. According to NBC, the offensive comments included “Anorexics are sick in the head” and “Anorexics should not be able to work.” Aaron Ferguson reportedly explained to his supervisor and the management that he was suffering from anorexia but the comments did not stop and eventually, he was fired.
Work is such a hotbed of weirdness. Some people have a difficult time maintaining professionalism, resorting to childish power games and weird social dynamics. I’ve quit a job with no back-up plan, just because my coworkers had gotten so hostile, resorting to scapegoating and actually lying so that I would have to do hours of additional, meaningless work so that they could watch me and laugh. Even in my current workplace, I’ve overheard statements such as, “Isn’t that just like a man?” and watched as coworkers actively plotted against other coworkers. And I’ve also tried to remain as placid and unemotional as possible when others made comments about my weight or made it a point of telling me all about their sister’s weight-loss surgery, all the while implying that I really should get myself a good surgeon. While it seems ridiculous that a supervisor would make such obnoxious statements, I fully believe that Aaron Ferguson was suffering from some asinine comments. Whether he actually gets awarded any money or not, perhaps it will give that manager and supervisor pause the next time they open their mouths.
I wonder if Mr. Ferguson isn’t suffering from another form of discrimination as well. Would his situation been taken more seriously if he had been a woman?
Anorexia as well as other eating disorders are a very real illness and should be handled with care. Quick harsh comments such as “sick in the head” are insensitive and hurtful. I however really like Rachael Ray and I don’t believe that she would intentionally be harsh. I believe that she could have been more tactful and thoughtful with her comments.
The more appropriate approach would have been…to pull the person to the side and say something like ” I am a little concerned about your eating habits, is everything okay.” If they say they are okay, then don’t bother them about it.