A Georgia-Pacific employee, who suffers from Fibromyalgia, was forced to work long hours to keep her job and she ended up winning a settlement from her employer. Janet Stege was awarded $75,000 and had her hours limited as a result of the action.
Stege has worked for Georgia-Pacific Corrugated, a maker of packaging materials, in San Francisco since 1988. She was allowed to limit her schedule to 40 hours a week due to her doctor’s recommendation while working as a janitor on the production line.
In 2004, the San Francisco plant closed and Stege was transferred to San Leandro, where she was required to work overtime and sign a medical release. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that Stege had to keep working because she needed the income, despite her health deteriorating. Georgia-Pacific denies that they violated any laws or did anything wrong.