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Is Having Bi-Polar Disorder An Excuse For Sexual Harassment? You Make The Call

Singer Mariah Carey's former manager, Stella Stolper, alleges she is going to sue the singer for sexual harassment and breach of contract for firing her. She stated that Carey "rarely wore clothes around her" and "did sexual things" in her presence.

Stolper also alleges Carey fails to take her bi-polar medication, but further alleges that is but a "small part" of Carey's problems. Stolper and Carey worked together closely for four years until Carey fired her.

Carey denies the allegations and will defend any lawsuit filed. Francesca Wallace "Maria Carey's former manager is suing the singer for sexual harassment" (Apr. 17, 2018).

So, the question for our readers is: is having bi-polar disorder an excuse for sexual harassment?

Please let us know what you think in the comment section or take the poll. Here are some opinions of some of the McCalmon editorial staff:

Jack McCalmon, Esq.

No disorder or condition is an excuse for sexual harassment. However, there are disorders that could lead to charges of sexual harassment. For example, a symptom of Tourette Syndrome is blurting offensive words without control.  If you were to fire an employee with Tourette Syndrome for blurting out words that created a hostile environment, then you could get sued for disability discrimination…sued if you do fire and sued if you don't.

Leslie Zieren, Esq.

Sexual harassment is not a crime that requires specific intent. Unintentional conduct, if severe or pervasive enough, could be considered illegal sexual harassment, which also does not depend upon the presence of any sexual attraction. Bad behavior is bad behavior. The impact on the victim is the same whether the harasser acts deliberately or unintentionally because of some reason for his or her lack of awareness.

You can provide a comment on what you would do or answer our poll. Please note any comments provided may be shared with others.  

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