Walt Disney Company officials fired employee Garrick Pietro for three
times failing to alert them in advance that he wasn't going to work
before his 5 a.m. shifts in 2008.
Though prior notice was clearly required by company rules–rules that also state three violations
would result in termination, Pietro sued Disney for disability
discrimination in the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Orange County.
Pietro, he was targeted by callous company officials because his failure
to obey policy hinged on him being diagnosed with the beginning stages
of prostate cancer.
But this month, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, a President Bill Clinton appointee, granted summary judgement for Disney by noting in key part that the prostate cancer hadn't reasonably prevented Pietro from obeying the rules by calling his shift manager in advance of skipping work.