Lawsuit claims man’s extreme flatulence prompted firing

Lawsuit claims man’s extreme flatulence prompted firing

A Pennsylvania man was fired from his job at a pork roll producer due to extreme flatulence brought on by gastric bypass surgery, according to a discrimination lawsuit filed by the man’s wife.

In a federal complaint, Louann Clem, 59, charges that the Case Pork Roll Company terminated her husband Richard, 70, last year after the Trenton, New Jersey firm’s president frequently.

Louann Clem, who also worked for the company, said that her husband–who weighed 420 pounds–underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2010. “As a result of the surgery, Mr. Clem suffered side effects such as extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea,” the lawsuit notes.

As her husband’s symptoms worsened, Clem says, a “significant disruption in the workplace” occurred.

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