A U.S. District Court judge has ordered an independent mental evaluation of a former manager of a Home Depot in Burbank who claims she was fired due to gender discrimination and because she suffers from vertigo.
Danielle Mailhoit contends in her lawsuit that the company did not make appropriate accommodations for her condition, an allegation the Home Depot denies. The company counters that there were valid reasons for letting her go, stating “there existed legitimate, nondiscriminatory and nonretaliatory reasons” for her dismissal.
The case is slated to go to trial on Feb. 19 in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.
In her decision, Judge Suzanne Segal said Mailhoit had her own psychological evaluation conducted last April, but did not tell the court or defense attorneys about it until November at the time of the expert disclosure deadline.