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In the "Don't Blame the Lawyer" Department, Former Employee of Pork Roll Company Sues for Being Fired for Farting; 420 lb. Employee Had Gastric Bypass Causing Gastric Distress

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Pork roll company fired my hubby for farting, wife says

By Melkorka Licea 

October 2, 2015 | 4:38pm

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A New Jersey pork roll company that fired a man for passing gas one too many times is now being sued by both him and his wife who have some serious beef with the executives.

Richard and Louann Clem -- who simultaneously worked for Trenton's classic Case Pork Roll Co. -- have both slapped the processed meat establishment with federal lawsuits accusing the company of "harassment and discrimination," Richard told The Post.

 

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Louann's suit details her husband's struggle to recover from gastric bypass surgery in 2010 which caused him to experience "extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea" that Richard said made him have to "sit on a toilet 24 hours a day."

The 70-year-old man's condition led to constant stress and mental anguish since he "couldn't control" his "very embarrassing" issue, he admitted.

"I couldn't go out anywhere, go to the movies, to the market, you name it, without having to look for a bathroom everywhere I went."

"Some people think it's funny but if you have to live with my condition it's not very funny at all," he added.

Richard, who worked as a comptroller, had suffered with obesity and reached up to 420 pounds, which led him to undergo the operation, he said.

The disgusted president of Case, Thomas Dolan, was not pleased with Richard's stinky situation, claiming that Clem's cheese cutting was suppressing the scent of pork rolling and "bothering customers," Richard admitted.

Dolan then filed a five-page complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that was "full of inaccuracies " and illegally fired him, Clem said.

"He did whatever he could to get rid of me," Clem continued.

Dolan allegedly told Louann that "This can't go on. We can't run an office and have visitors with the odor in the office," and "We have to do something about Rich," the lawsuit says.

When Richard attempted to explain to Dolan that his breaking wind was simply a side effect of his surgery, Dolan told him, "Oh I don't believe that, there's gotta be something wrong with you," Richard said.

Richard was fired for his fart problem on Feb. 28, 2014, and his wife cut ties with the company the same day due to all the negativity directed toward her husband.

The flatulent employee said he has learned to control his condition about 90 percent of the time by taking medications that cause him to become constipated.

Clem said he will be asking for three weeks worth of paid vacation and two years' salary which he believes will total about $250,000.

 

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